New Hope hones emergency response skills

13 January 2016

New Hope Group’s Emergency Response Teams (ERTs) honed their skills at an action packed, hands-on development day at Meandu Mine near Tarong, Queensland.

ERTs from New Acland Mine and New Hope’s Exploration team participated in a series of simulated emergency response scenarios including a rescue from live fire, light and heavy vehicle interaction, a fall from heights exercise and a confined space rescue.

New Hope’s Training and Emergency Response Coordinator Grant McDonald said it was beneficial for New Hope’s team to spend the training session with ERTs from other mines.

“New Hope takes its Safety and Resilience Values very seriously and the development day allowed us to further our skills and test our abilities in scenarios that mirrored real-life emergencies.

“The training exercise with the ERTs from Meandu and Commodore Mine meant we were able to share our respective experiences and knowledge and talk about what best practice looks like.

“Practicing our response in these real-time scenarios is an integral part of our training and ensures New Hope’s ERTs are well equipped and confident to provide a primary response in relation to our Emergency Response Plan in the unlikely event of an emergency,” he said.

The development day was facilitated by Meandu Mine under the guidance of Queensland Fire and Emergency Services and Queensland Ambulance Service.