New Acland leading the way for emergency skills collaboration

17 February 2014

Emergency Response Teams (ERTs) from all over the Southern District will gather at New Acland Mine this week to collaborate and develop emergency response expertise.

The inaugural inter-company ‘Southern District ERT Skills Development Day’, an initiative of New Hope Group, will be held on Saturday 22 February 2014.

All ERTs in the Southern District have been invited to develop their emergency response skills by participating in a number of exercises at New Acland Mine under the guidance of specialist mentors and coaches such as St Johns Ambulance and Queensland Mines Rescue Service.

The Meandu Mine, Commodore Mine, Kogan Creek Mine, Millmerran Power Station and New Acland Mine are all confirmed participants.

This is the first time such an event has been hosted and New Acland General Manager Andrew McDonald said it will be valuable to all ERTs to not only benefit their working environments, but also the local communities that they live in.

“The development day is being run as a way for local ERTs to develop relationships and learn from one another on different emergency response skills,” Mr McDonald said.

“Emergencies happen rarely at mines, but it is extremely important to be prepared and to have personnel equipped with the right skills to manage all situations.

“We thought the event would be a great way to collaborate with other local ERTs and also have a bit of friendly inter-company rivalry!”

Emergency skills exercises that the ERTs will be participating in will include water rescue, vertical rescue, road accident rescue (multi casualty), and confined space rescue.