An eye for national titles

Posted October 2, 2015

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The Broadmeadow mine team assists a mock casualty during the EK Healy Cup competition.

 

Queensland teams are preparing to compete in the Australia Mines Rescue Underground Competition to be held at Newstan Colliery later this month.

The Broadmeadow mine rescue team recently took top spot at this year’s EK Healy Cup competition.

The Queensland champions will be joined by placegetters Oaky No. 1, Moranbah North and Kestrel to take on interstate rivals in Newcastle on October 22.

Chief assessor Ray Smith, from the Queensland Mines Rescue Service, said Broadmeadow would be the one to keep an eye on.

“They finished second last year at the national competition and showed at EK Healy they were well ahead of other Queensland teams,” he said.

“They’re the team to watch – but don’t discount the rest of them because everybody steps up when it comes to the Australian titles.”

The 2015 EK Healy Cup competition was held at Glencore’s Oaky No. 1 mine, between Middlemount and Tieri, in August.

Luke Addis from Broadmeadow earned the Matt Best Trophy for best captain, the second time he has won that title.

And Dallas Dorney from North Goonyella continued his record-breaking run in the theory category – taking the Chief Inspector’s Trophy for a fifth time.

The host mine set up a mini-build longwall for a surface fire-fighting scenario using CABA (compressed air breathing apparatus).

Other tests included a multiple-casualty exercise where one person suffered heart attack conditions.

The underground exercise required teams to inflate a stopping to create an airlock for the irrespirable zone, erect timber roof supports, deal with an underground equipment fire and locate missing people.

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