Cook Colliery team triumphs at rescue comp

Posted May 3, 2016

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Cook Colliery has won the Queensland Mines Rescue Service Memorial Cup for the second year in a row.

The 2016 competition was held last week (April 28) at Glencore’s Newlands operation in the Bowen Basin.

Chief assessor Ray Smith from the Queensland Mines Rescue Service said this year’s event had included four underground exercises carried out with CABA (compressed air breathing apparatus) in a fitting farewell to the Newlands Northern Underground mine, which is winding down.

He said the site had been a pioneer in the use of self –contained breathing apparatus as a first-response tool for workers in the late 1990s.

This year’s QMRS Memorial Cup competition also saw rescue crews donning BG4 closed-circuit breathing equipment in above-ground exercises carried out in containers to simulate the underground environment.

Mr Smith said the Simtars gas lab was also involved in the exercises, giving competitors better insight into the unit’s gas monitoring capabilities and the opportunity to liaise with people they would be working with during a coal mine emergency.

The triumphant Cook rescue crew (pictured above) will move on to the EK Healy Cup competition on July 28, along with placegetters Oaky North, Grosvenor and Grasstree.

Mr Smith said the team from Anglo’s new Grosvenor mine  (pictured below during the competition) had been competing for just their second time and took out the George Carbine Shield for excellence in first aid.

The top four from the QMRS Memorial Cup will take on the best performing underground rescue teams of 2015 – Moranbah North, Broadmeadows, Oaky No. 1 and Kestrel – in the EK Healy showdown, to be hosted at the Moranbah North mine.

“The boys will all have to be bringing their A game to EK Healy,” Mr Smith said.

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