Bulga Mine has taken out the 2014 NSW Mines Rescue Open Cut competition held at the Hunter Valley Mines Rescue Station last Friday.
Seven teams from the Hunter region competed on the day. NSW Fire and Rescue, the NSW Ambulance and Rural Fire Service (RFS) teams also participated to increase the realism of the scenarios.
Bulga Team Captain Clayton Moore said, “The day wasn’t about winning. Sure it’s great that we did win but the day was really about learning.”
“Even as the winning team we learnt a lot, so on that note I’d like to thank Matt Enright, and Dave Connell for putting on such a great and challenging competition along with Coal Services and Mines Rescue.”
“I would also like to thank all the teams that took part in today’s competition as well as Bulga Coal management for providing us with the time and resources to allow us to compete. Most of all I would like to thank my team – well done guys you deserve this.’
David Connell, Mines Rescue Regional Manager said “All teams on the day demonstrated exceptional skills. Many of the rescue team members commit their own time to learning and practising the techniques that may help save the life of a workmate. These people are confident, skilled and competent to take charge and lead a response.”
“Rescue teams need to be able to immediately respond and provide efficient assistance to an incident onsite. They also need to work effectively with emergency services including Mines Rescue, NSW Fire and Rescue, NSW Ambulance, the RFS and SES.”
General Manager Mines Rescue and Regulation & Compliance, Paul Healey agrees. “With our mines being so remote, the role of the mines rescue teams is to make the site safe, preserve life and hand over the situation to the relevant emergency services when they arrive.
“The most important role of our rescue teams though; is to protect their fellow workmates by preventing incidents from occurring. The skills they learn in their rescue training allow them to become proactive safety leaders. This is the real value to the operations.”