Leading Rescue 24/7...
It is a pleasure to say that Quarter 1 of 2015 has slipped by in a flurry of activity both for me and the Service.
Recruit training kicked back in after the Xmas shut with vigour in January, slipped back a little in February and has again taken on momentum in March. With three Underground Recruit courses completed between Dysart and Blackwater, the constant input has helped maintain active recruit numbers over this financial year.
From a GAG viewpoint, the completion of a recruit course in March helps push volunteer numbers towards our goal of 50 active team members. The objective here is to be able to simultaneously respond to two events over an extended period of time. Whilst an unlikely scenario, it is a reassuring position to be approaching.
On a personal note, I took particular interest in the GAG recruit course as a participant. Over the two week period, years of experience and technical information is shared in a close team environment. This experience will allow me to provide informed support to this section of QMRS. I can only suggest that a refresher in fitting victaulic couplings for CEO's may save future drenching of the instructor.
Over this quarter I have had the pleasure of visiting 2 underground mines and 4 open cuts in the Bowen Basin to share current developments in QMRS training objectives and to keep myself current with activities within the industry. There is a great opportunity for mutual benefit as QMRS increases its level of engagement with the open cut sector of the industry.
In the HR space, we have recruited our second technician role to support equipment maintenance. I wish to welcome Cameron Smith to our team. On a sadder note, Jason Andrews-Reid left us for apparently greener pastures and whilst we wish him well, we cannot stand still and are actively recruiting for his replacement.
February saw the QMRS Strategy planning session completed in preparation for the 2015/16 year. Each Operations Manager has defined improvement opportunities within their area of responsibility and presented these to senior management and the board. This level of focused attention puts the service in a good position to respond to the changing industry with which we work whilst maintaining the quality of the critical response service we provide to the coal industry.
As I opened with, this recent quarter has been a very active and constructive period as we build on past experience and developments. The knowledge and experience we share with our team members through the work we do provides them with the capabilities and confidence to be ready for the challenges they all too often have to face. It has been a great start to a challenging year ahead.
Chief Executive Officer