Edition 15, March 2017
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Queensland Mines Rescue Service


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Dysart Q 4745 


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Welcome to the QMRS newsletter for 1st quarter 2017.  Since our last newsletter the purchase of the old Orica site just East of Blackwater has been completed and initial activities to integrate this facility into QMRS’s training resources has commenced.  Being a substantial site outside of the town precinct should allow QMRS to develop a high quality facility to meet future industry training needs.
Further we will be implementing virtual reality training capabilities, purchased from NSW Mines Rescue, over coming months.  This will initially be focused on underground rescue training but the potential to apply this in all training areas is very exciting.

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David Carey
Chief Executive Officer

Team Member Representative - Shaun Dando

The annual QMRS strategic review was held in early February involving members of the QMRS Board of Directors, key QMRS personnel and several industry guests.  This year Paul Cavanagh, the alternate director for the Team Members representative also attended, so that he has some background knowledge and awareness of the current QMRS business plan.  I know Paul found the opportunity to be involved in both the strategic planning review and the following quarterly meeting very beneficial.
This year’s sessions focussed on business risk, identifying the risks to what we are currently doing, and also the potential risks to what we want to do in the future.  As always, these sessions are an excellent opportunity to get together as representatives of QMRS, to challenge and identify our key priorities, with a view to ensuring we remain a valuable and viable service to the Mining Industry.
The Quarterly BOD meeting reviewed the company financial performance year to date against budget.   Overall the budget and capital expenditure is on track for the financial year with the finances of QMRS in a solid position.
Recent events at Queensland mines have involved serious injuries and loss of life (through natural causes) to coal mine workers.  Every shift is a new shift and we never know what we may have to deal with, or respond to on that day.  As Mines Rescue or Emergency Response Team members, we have put our hand up to improve our knowledge and skills so that we may be better prepared to help our mates and fellow mine workers in an emergency.  Situations can change in the blink of an eye, and it is the effort, involvement and willingness to learn in your regular training that assists you the most when needed.  The reality is we are more likely to need to use our first aid skills above all others, and it is important we can respond quickly and confidently.  Please ensure you keep these skills up to date, understand the equipment and facilities you have on your site and always look out for your work mates.

Yours in Rescue

WHS - Steve Dawe

UG Training
2017 has arrived and seen the QMRS Training staff hit the ground running with Round 1 completed for both stations and Round 2 well underway at Blackwater and Dysart beginning on the 1st April.  Round 2 includes refreshing topics of Spontaneous Combustion and the use of Fire Fighting Foam. 

Looking ahead, Round 3 will be refreshing protection and monitoring of Mine Atmospheres and Underground Coal Mine Ventilation principles.
Recruit Courses
Blackwater and Dysart have hosted the first round of recruit courses for 2017.  We welcome all those new team members and hope that you enjoy a long and productive career in Mines Rescue.

We’ve had a couple of experienced Team Members come along and assist the Recruits during the courses and offer valuable insight and experience to the training.  Thanks to the team members that have volunteered their time to come and assist with this as it allows the recruits to see the level of team member that they need to aspire to.

The fire gallery is always a challenge especially at this time of the year although we have had a few cooler days (low 30’s) during the courses but I think the Recruits have developed an appreciation for what we are trying to achieve by placing them into stressful situations, (in a controlled training environment) and challenging their decision making skills under duress.  It is these moments that give them an opportunity to excel and show their character and allow us opportunity to assess how they may react during the real thing.  I think most recruits have had a few moments of reflection and inflection about the reasons they have volunteered to become Rescue Team Members throughout the 3 weeks.
Competition training has been highly sort after for the upcoming QMRS Cup being hosted at Grosvenor Mine.  Days and resources have been booking fast.  We aim to give each team some individual sessions with QMRS staff in the lead-up but as always with the nature of timing, most teams are available the week before the comp and there are only so many resources to go around that sessions are often shared at the respective stations.  This is not so much of a problem as it gives teams the opportunity to complete runs in a simulated environment where multiple teams are operating within the same areas.

Health & Safety
The focus for 2016 was around getting moving and maintaining a fit and active life style.  This year we will consolidate the learnings from 2016 and shift our focus to improve awareness and recognition of out Mental Health and Wellbeing as staff.  Feel free to engage the staff and find out what the programs are all about when next you're at the station.  

OHS around the stations continues to improve and the staff have shown a level of maturity in accepting the formalising of our health & safety requirements under the Workplace Health and Safety legislation.  When you arrive at training, be prepared to be challenged on these requirement by the staff as we ensure you as Team Members are aware and comply with these requirements to make our workplace safe.

I hope that the training has been effective and valuable so far for 2017 and we look forward to receiving feedback from you on the training, facilities and technology at QMRS so that we can continue to improve the experience for all concerned.

Until next time
Yours in Health, Safety and Training

Surface Training Operations Manager - Mark Freeman

Underground Mines Rescue Training
Round 1 for the year was conducted at the station and covered Fire Fighting Fundamentals.  The practical scenario offered a hot fire which was well received by team members.
Round 2 is underway at the writing of this newsletter with the theme of firefighting foam and spontaneous combustion. The training is being conducted at the station. The practical scenario has team members standing props, constructing ventilation stoppings and using a Turbex high expansion generator to extinguish the fire behind the sealed area.
We have completed the first underground recruit course at Blackwater Station for the year. There were 11 students from Kestrel, Oaky North and Ensham. The standard of team member was very good and their enthusiasm was appreciated by the trainers and staff. The recruits visited Kestrel and Ensham as part of their training and once again, it is appreciated that we were able to take such a large group underground and give them valuable realistic training in an underground environment.

Open Cut Challenge
The dates have changed for the southern region open cut challenge due to a conflict in the region.  The new date for the challenge being held at New Acland Mine is Thursday the 21st of September.  All mines in the southern region will receive invitation to attend in the near future.

The northern region competition location is yet to be confirmed; if there are any mines that would be interested please contact Mark Freeman on 0419 791 601 or

Open Cut Emergency Response Training
Open Cut skills maintenance training is back in full swing at Dawson, Oaky Creek, Yarrabee and Kestrel.
Isaac Plains RCR Course

The training team has also just completed a road crash rescue course for Isaac Plains Mine and we are rolling into a Vertical Rescue and Road Crash Rescue at Dawson Mine at the time of writing.

Any enquiries about training either skills maintenance or recruit course please contact Mark Freeman on 0419791601 or

Mine Inertisation Unit Operations Manager - Clive Hanrahan

The MIU, (formerly known as GAG) now has possession of it's new Sound and Vibration Analyser.  The instrument will allow us to monitor noise levels on a regular basis and track changes if modifications are made.  

The analyser also measures acoustic vibration and this will allow us to set baselines and monitor engine vibration. 

The annual MIU block release was conducted during early March with four participants.  The first round of training has been completed with very good attendance rates.
Newly acquired Sound and Vibration Analyser for the MIU
Education Manager - Paul McCarthy
Prevent Injury Training Program
A new Prevent Injury training program has been written for open cut coal mine workers, in response to industry requests.  The course was written in collaboration with Mark Freeman and Mike Walker.  The training program is compliant with PUAFIR215 Prevent Injury
PUAFIR215 is a prerequisite for several of the competency units currently in the ERT training package, including:
  • PUAFIR207B Operate breathing apparatus open circuit (underpins the CABA course)
  • PUAFIR320 Render hazardous materials safe (hazardous materials course) 
PUAFIR215 is also a prerequisite for PUASAR027A, which will underpin a land search training program in the future.
The objective of the course is to train first responders to an incident and mines rescue team members in the identification and control of hazards and risks, and to monitor the effectiveness of hazard and risk control procedures.  
Course training materials are available on the QMRS LMS, and can also be delivered at any open cut mine site or the QMRS training facilities.  The course is of short duration, designed to be delivered within one day.  It can be delivered as a stand-alone training program, or integrated within the block release course.  

Operations Manager - Ray Smith

With 2017 well underway and Christmas and New Year’s a fond memory, it’s all go go go here at QMRS.
Another two successful MEMS courses were held in February and March, with SIMTARS and personnel from Grosvenor Mine, Oaky North, North Goonyella, Broadmeadow and Kestrel in attendance.
QMRS has commenced delivery of Glencore Incident Command & Control Systems (GICCS) with participants from Oaky No.1 and Oaky North in March held in Tieri at the Civic Centre.  Further courses for Glencore are Rolleston Coal in May, Clermont last week in June and we are in the process of confirming dates for Newlands Mine and Collinsville Coal later this year.
The Gas Book is currently under review with involvement from SIMTARS.  Keep an eye out later this year for the revised book.

Competition planning is coming together nicely with seven teams nominating for the upcoming QMRS Cup on the 4th of May.
As part of the Australian Competition review, it was required that a new Code of Conduct be drafted for this year’s competition.  Please keep a look out for this whether you are competing member, assessor/help and or visitor.
An agreement with Whitehaven Coal near Narrabri has been successful with the mine to host the National competition later this year in October.
Next month will see QMRS assisting Broadmeadow Mine with On Scene Controller training prior to the Level 1 in June.

Operations Manager Equipment - Brent Stewart

The start of the year has seen the equipment department get back into the swing of things with ensuring all mine site sub stations are fully equipped and operational for deployment at any time.
There has been investigation since the last newsletter into what new products and technology are available to look at improving our equipment capabilities.  There are some advances on the horizon in regards to our handheld gas monitoring capabilities, the CAREvent and our communications systems for use underground during an operation.  Still early days yet, but we are moving in the right direction.
The equipment team has also been busy assisting with training through the last few months in both the underground and open cut arenas.  Helping with new team members in the recruit courses, assisting in the day release training, gaining new skills in vertical rescue to help out with training as needed and aiding in the delivery of a number of MEMS courses has seen us all being utilised through the business.
The coming months will be busy as we will be consolidating our assets through our Hardcat system to make sure our maintenance and servicing requirements and records are being accurately monitored and tracked.
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