Winners in for 55th Australian rescue competition

Whitehaven Coal’s Narrabri mine played host to eight teams from across Australian recently for the 55th Australian Underground Mines Rescue Competition.
Winners in for 55th Australian rescue competition Winners in for 55th Australian rescue competition Winners in for 55th Australian rescue competition Winners in for 55th Australian rescue competition Winners in for 55th Australian rescue competition

Staff reporter

The one day event was held October 12. Taking home first place was Peabody Energy’s Wambo operation, followed by the Moranbah North and Broadmeadow teams in second and third place, respectively.

This annual event was the first to be held in New South Wales.

In all, four New South Wales teams and four Queensland crews competed. Other groups vying for the crown included Tahmoor (Wollongong), Newcastle, Springvale (Lithgow), Kestrel and Grosvenor. The competitors performed surface and underground exercises such as firefighting, first aid, emergency response and risk management challenges.

“It was a highly contested competition and all eight teams performed exceptionally well,” NSW Mines Rescue general manager Matthew Fellowes said.

“These volunteer brigadesmen provide invaluable safety leadership every day in their workplaces, and are the ones who are ready, willing and able to respond should the unfortunate need arise, something that should provide some peace of mind to all of our fellow coal miners.”