Leading Rescue 24/7...
Following on from the QMRS strategic planning session held in February this year a restructuring of operational portfolios has taken place for QMRS over the second quarter. This has been necessary to allow focus and consolidation of related areas to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of service delivery by QMRS in this challenging current mining environment.
MEMS and MRAS implementation have been brought together with Operations Response management to further integrate these into the mines rescue capability of the industry. Underground recruit training has been separated from Surface Mine and First Response training to maintain this core business area of QMRS whilst allowing resources to be focused on developing new areas of activity that will provide value to both the underground and surface coal industry.
Inertisation and equipment maintenance have maintained their existing separate portfolio areas.
Building on the partnership with Simtars to provide RTO services QMRS has delivered its first ‘fee for service’ surface Emergency Response and Rescue training during this quarter. In addition training in First Response techniques has continued with some mines. These are exciting developments for QMRS as we are able to utilise our existing skills and resources to grow the services delivered to our Members.
During this quarter the board of QMRS has approved the financial budget for 2016/17. With an ongoing focus on operating cost reduction and capital expenditure reduced to sustaining capital only the QMRS budget has been reduced by a further 14% from the current year and is now 31% less than its peak during 2012/13. Along with the ‘fee for service’ activities now underway this cost reduction has allowed the dollar value of the annual membership levy to be reduced by a further 18.5% from the current year.
It was pleasing to see Cook Colliery repeat their win in the QMRS Memorial Cup held at Newlands in April. Our thanks to Newlands staff for their assistance in hosting a successful competition at the twilight of the mines operation. We now look forward to the EK Healy Cup at Moranbah in July and wish all teams the best.
My thanks to David Watt for all his efforts over the last 3 years in managing our equipment maintenance and all the best in his new roles as a father and with FRSA.
Please read on to gather further information on many of the activities undertaken by QMRS over the last 3 months.
Chief Executive Officer