The Olympics of Mines Rescue

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With 27 international teams competing across four events, the 8th Annual International Mines Rescue Competition in Donetsk, Ukraine saw some fierce competition ensue over the event’s two day period.

Considered the Olympics of Mines Rescue, Centennial’s Angus Place Mine Rescue Team, one of only four Australian teams invited to take part, competed against teams from all around the world, including Poland, India, Russia, Turkey, Vietnam, Slovakia, Mongolia, China, Romania, Kazakhstan, Canada and the host nation, the Ukraine. 

The team competed in all 4 disciplines, including Underground Rescue, First Aid, Engineering Analysis and the Benchman’s contest, finishing 6th overall and the best performing Australian team.

“The International competition utilises a different format to that in Australia, with the point scoring system based on demerits.  In addition, simulations for events, such as the Underground Rescue component, is less scenario based and focuses more on mine mapping and locating and mapping out the hazardous conditions, which was an exciting challenge for our team,” said Team Member, Mitch Luka.

While finishing shy of a podium place, the final score board showed what stiff competition the Angus Place team faced, with only a few points separating the top ten teams.

“The opportunity to compete against international teams, most of which included full time Mines Rescue team members who are trained paramedics, doctors and the like, really provided us the perfect opportunity to learn from how other countries perform rescue related activities,” continued Mitch.

Only having recently returned from the Ukraine, the Angus Place Mines Rescue Team will have little time for rest as they will shortly fly to Mackay, Queensland to compete in the Australian National Mines Rescue Championship.

“We are going to use our time at the National Championship to build on experience and everything we learnt from our time in the Ukraine and we are going to continue to train hard in the hope that we can qualify to compete at the next International competition in Poland in 2013,”

“We would like to thank Centennial Coal for their ongoing commitment and support of the team,” concluded Mitch.