Grosvenor and Moranbah North mines rescue teams set to take on the world’s best
Queensland’s top two mines rescue teams will be travelling to the United States in the coming days to compete against the world’s best at the International Mines Rescue Competition in West Virginia from 11–16 September.
Commissioner for Resources Safety and Health Kate du Preez said the Moranbah North and Grosvenor teams won the right to compete by finishing in first and third place at the Australian Mines Rescue Competition.
“I’d like to wish both teams all the best in West Virginia. I am sure they will do their home state proud and showcase Queensland’s world-class mines rescue training and capabilities,” Kate said.
“The competition will be tough, but I know that both teams are more than capable of taking out top honours.
“Moranbah North and Grosvenor have been Queensland’s standout mines rescue teams over the past five years, each taking home the state cup twice, and finishing first and second at the recent Queensland State Cup competition.”
Kate also wished good luck to Shaun Dando from Grosvenor, Graham Fuller from Moranbah North and Clive Hanrahan from Queensland Mines Rescue Service who will also be travelling to act as assessors and officials.
Kate said that while mines rescue competitions allowed teams to compete, the real winners were the men and women who go down into the mine every day to work.
“Mines rescue training helps workers to develop exceptional leadership skills, an ability to adapt to changing environments, and strong decision-making skills under stress,” she said.
“Mine workers can go to work in the knowledge that, should something go wrong, highly dedicated and skilled mines rescue personnel are working among them, ready to jump into action.”
“I would encourage all mine workers to look into mines rescue training as a way to learn new skills and to be ready in an emergency situation, whether at work or while at home.”
The International Mines Rescue Competition will be held at the National Mine Health and Safety Academy in Beaver West Virginia from 11–16 September.
For more information go to http://imrc2020.com.
Moranbah North mines rescue team
Last updated: 02 Sep 2022