Leading Rescue 24/7...
I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to the team members as I take over from Wayne Hartley as Chief Executive Officer for QMRS.
Whilst a ’blue’ at heart this now only really applies to supporting football as I have been working in Queensland for the past 6 years both in underground with Anglo and open cut for Thiess and Peabody. This is my second stint in the Bowen Basin having worked in BHP open cuts during the mid-1990’s. When it comes to rescue competitions I know who I will be barracking for.
My association with mines rescue commenced in 1990 when I completed my recruit course in Newcastle and I spent time as a team member at both Southern and Western Mines Rescue stations in the following years.
Hosting the national competition at Grasstree in 2010 was a great experience and I would strongly encourage all mines/companies and managers to seriously consider any such opportunities in the future. The teamwork and safety focus along with the learnings that come from such events have an enormous positive impact on mine performance and culture.
It is an honour to be taking over leadership of the highly competent team that Wayne has developed here at QMRS. The quality training delivered and the strong relationship between the trainers and teams was clearly reflected in the recent results achieved at the national titles held at Oaky North in October. Congratulations to the Oaky North team in backing up as National champions for the second successive year and with a clean sweep of positions; Broadmeadow second and Crinum third, the quality of Queensland Mines Rescue teams is beyond question.
It has been pleasing to see the changes that have started to gain traction within the rescue service with improvements to the training facilities nearing completion and the developments within the training offerings available to the industry, such as the completion of the first ERT course for open cut recruits. I look forward to communicating the improved value proposition that the service can provide as we develop our capabilities in response to the current and future needs of the industry over the coming year.
I wish everyone associated with mines rescue a Merry Christmas and as we move into to a new year I look forward to getting to know as many of you as possible as we meet the challenges and opportunities that lie in front of us.
Chief Executive Officer