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Mining teams go underground to test safety skills - Albany Advertiser

Friday, 31 August 2018

Eleven teams from some of the Goldfields’ major mining companies will vie for success in an upcoming three-day underground emergency response tournament at Gold Fields’ St Ives operation, near Kambalda.

The upcoming Chamber of Minerals and Energy Underground Mine Emergency Response Competition, to be held from October 26-28, will feature contenders from Northern Star Resources, Silver Lake Resources and KCGM.

Evolution Mining and Saracen Mineral Holdings will also enter teams.

Host company Gold Fields is set to boast three teams and BHP will have two.

Organisers met at CME’s Egan Street offices yesterday in preparation for the competition.

Competition deputy chairman Russell Brown, an emergency services and security co-ordinator with Gold Fields, said he was eager for the tournament to begin because it offered hands-on training for real-life mine emergencies.

“It gets the competitors’ skills up,” he said.

“We’re expecting a good competition overall with lots of camaraderie and team building.”

The 11 teams are made up of eight members and include a team manager and a reserve.

They will be put to the test in a range of scenarios, including search and rescue, first aid, vertical rescue and breathing apparatus drills across the three days.

A confronting underground fire scenario has also been set up and will be a part of the competition.

St Ives won last year’s CME Surface Mine Emergency Response Competition, held in Kambalda.

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