Angus Place wins Western Mines Rescue Competition

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The recent Western Mines Rescue Competition has seen two of Centennial’s mines battle it out for top position, with Angus Place taking home first place and Clarence a close second.

Competing alongside Angus Place and Clarence were numerous western based mines from a variety of companies, including Centennial’s Springvale and Airly mines.

Held at regional, state, national and international levels, the annual competition tests proficiency in rescue and recovery techniques; knowledge of procedures; teamwork and the ability to operate under pressure, through simulated emergency response scenarios. Competitions such as this provide invaluable training for mines rescue personnel under pressure (albeit competitive), and testing of systems and procedures ahead of possible real‐life emergency situations.

This year’s regional event was hosted by Centennial’s Airly mine, near Lithgow, New South Wales, with each seven-man team put through a series of simulated emergency situations and assessed on their ability to perform each task efficiently and effectively.

Tasks included the application of first aid and the operation of mines rescue equipment; the use of underground compressed air breathing apparatus (CABA); as well as attending a surface chemical and fire incident.

Teams also completed an underground exercise, with the mission of locating and retrieving injured mineworkers under suspected high levels of carbon monoxide.

On top of the exhausting series of practical tasks, the teams also underwent a theory component, testing their mine rescue knowledge.

As the competition winners, Angus Place will compete at the Australian National Mines Rescue Championship to be held in Mackay, Queensland, later this year.

Additionally, as a top State finalist, Angus Place qualified for the ‘Olympics of mines rescue’, the World Mines Rescue competition, where they will compete for the coveted gold medal. As the time of publication, the international competition was being held in Donetsk, Ukraine. The international competition is held bi-annually and hosted by a different country each year.

Angus Place has a proud history as a leading participant in Mines Rescue, contesting competitions since 1978 and representing the mine at regional, national and international levels.