CME Underground Mine Emergency Response Competition Winners Announced

The winners of the 2015 Underground Mine Emergency Response Competition were announced last night at a gala presentation dinner at the Goldfields Institute of Technology.

Proudly hosted by the Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia (CME), the competition sees mines rescue teams compete in simulated emergency situations with the ultimate goal of improving emergency response skills and knowledge.

CME Chief Executive Reg Howard-Smith said the event was focused on training industry personnel to respond to hazards present in the resources sector.

“The aim of the event is to create a training environment similar to a potential real life situation in a modern working decline operation,” said Mr Howard-Smith.

“It is a terrific opportunity for emergency responders to hone the skills which are critical for a successful outcome when there is an emergency on site.”

A total of 10 teams competed this year across eight challenging scenarios including search and rescue, rope rescue, breathing apparatus skills, team skills, fire-fighting, first aid, incident management and theory.

St Barbara Limited took out the overall honours for Best Team, followed by Northern Star Resources Kalgoorlie, and in third place KCGM.

The other winners include:

  • Best Captain: Finlay Wilkinson, St Barbara Limited
  • Best New Team: KCGM
  • Best New Captain: Nathan Campbell, Northern Star Resources All Stars
  • Incident Management Scenario – John Farr, Norton Gold Fields Limited
  • Fire Fighting – Gold Fields Granny Smith
  • Rope Rescue – KCGM
  • Breathing Apparatus Skills – St Barbara Limited
  • Theory – Agnew Gold Mining Company
  • First Aid – St Barbara Limited
  • Search and Rescue – St Barbara Limited
  • Team Skills – Metals X Higginsville Operations
  • Overall First Aid: St Barbara Limited
  • Overall BA Skills: St Barbara Limited
  • Team Safety: St Barbara Limited
  • Theory Individual: Jake Benson, Northern Star Resources Kalgoorlie.

CME congratulates the competing teams, event managers and volunteers who all worked tirelessly over the weekend to produce a very successful event.

CME also thanks hosts Northern Star Resources Limited for the use of their Kanowna Belle facilities over the weekend.