Cook too good in mines rescue competition

Posted May 6, 2016

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Photo: The Grosvenor mine team emerges at the end of the underground exercise.


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

QMRS-846The 2016 competition was held on 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 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 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.

Cook Colliery mine manager Les Marlborough described the QMRS Memorial Cup performance as an outstanding effort from the team in the face of a very high standard of competition.

“To win this competition two years in succession is a great achievement,” Mr Marlborough said.

“The team have worked really hard in their training for the competition and the results of this effort is shown in the final result.”


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