AND THE WINNER IS…
The 2017 SA Mines Emergency Response Competition was held over the weekend of May 5-7, hosted at BHP Billiton's Olympic Dam.
The competition provided friendly rivalry for the six SA and NSW teams, but most importantly provided an excellent opportunity to practice emergency response skills in a safe but realistic environment.
Teams are tested across nine challenges including theory, search and rescue, firefighting, mass casualty, vertical rescue, BA practical, skills, road crash rescue, and confined space rescue.
The weekend's tight contest saw BHP Billiton's Olympic Dam 1 crowned top emergency response team with a score of 85.9% overall, while Challenger came in second with wins in firefighting, theory and road crash rescue. Olympic Dam 2 were the best on the day in firefighting and newcomers Cadia took out the award for search and rescue. Rounding out the six teams were Prominent Hill and Carrapateena.
Ben Treagus, from Olympic Dam 1, took individual glory winning the award for Best Team Captain.
Health and safety is the industry’s number one priority, with this event an essential training exercise which helps to build and strengthen critical first response capacity at mine site operations.
The competition would not be possible without the generous support from trophy sponsors Atlas Copco (Best Captain), Draeger (BA Prac), FARAT (Rope Rescue), MAQOHSC (First Aid), Exact Mining (Fire Fighting), BGC (Skills), Redpath (Underground Search & Rescue), SafeWork SA (Theory), FRSA (road crash rescue) and Byrnecut (confined space rescue).
SACOME would like to thank all volunteers and adjudicators, some of whom travelled from interstate to participate, including Les Allen (MAQOHSC), Jenny Cox (Health SA), Richard Hobbs (BHP Billiton OD), Jol Jardine (Pybar), Len Batley (Fire & Rescue Australia Training) and Luke Brammy (SafeWork SA).
We hope to see our members and industry partners at next year’s event.