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Edition 13, September 2016
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Queensland Mines Rescue Service

 

Head Office 

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Dysart Q 4745 

 

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Leading Rescue 24/7...

Welcome to the QMRS newsletter for 3rd quarter 2016.  During this period QMRS participated in the first metalliferous mining level 1 emergency simulation held at George Fisher mine, Mt Isa and provided 3 of the overseas judges to the International Mines Rescue competition held in Canada.  Whilst underground rescue training has continued unabated, our growth into surface mine training has taken another step with QMRS now providing services to Oaky and Kestrel surface operations and Dawson Open Cut mine on an ongoing basis.  The EK Healy competition was a great success and I wish all Qld teams competing in the National competition in October all the best.  Please enjoy the following articles and for further information visit our website (www.qmrs.com.au) which is back up and running after a major overhaul and through which a number of our services will be provided in the future.

David Carey
Chief Executive Officer

Team Member Representative - Shaun Dando

In August I was privileged to attend and represent QMRS Team members as a judge at the 10th International Mines Rescue Competition held in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. The opportunity to Judge at an international event does not occur very often and having competed successfully with the QMRS Moranbah team at the 6th International Competition in the USA in 2008 and assessed at many Queensland and Australian competitions over the years, I believed this would be an excellent opportunity to expand my Mines Rescue knowledge, skills and friendships.

I can truly say that the effort involved in attending was well worth it.  I was selected to assist and judge at the Underground Fire Fighting exercise along with a number of other passionate mines rescue team members and emergency response professionals from Canada, USA, and Peru.  Over the course of the week of the competition I made some strong friendships and contacts which I know will assist us to improve our mines rescue capability in the years ahead.

With 27 teams from 13 countries and a number of those whose first language is not English, organisers of the event were very conscious of trying to ensure no teams were disadvantaged due to language interpretations – easier said than done.  The team of personnel involved with the planning, logistics and running of this exercise were dedicated to providing a consistent, realistic and challenging scenario for all of the competing teams.

As usual I managed to be earmarked for the underground component of the exercise, where I was stationed for the three days of competition utilising CABA and a thermal image camera to judge in generally limited visibility at the live fire site along with 6 other judges involved in the underground component. 

The exercise was very similar to the types of fire simulation exercise we would encounter at our competitions with this exercise held in an underground test mine (hard rock).  The teams were required to deal with a number of hazards including isolation of  electrical equipment, a fuel spill, limited visibility and to extinguish a live Class A timber fire. 

After watching all 27 teams, I still believe that Queensland Mines Rescue personnel and team members who can apply the knowledge, skills, team work and mines rescue procedures that we are trained to do, are as capable as any other mines rescue team from around the world. 

Congratulations to the Peabody North Wambo team from NSW Mines Rescue who achieved First place in the First Aid scenario and from all reports showed a high standard across all of their exercises.  This result should give us all the confidence that with some hard work, dedication and commitment, Australian Mines Rescue team members have the ability to respond confidently to any situation should the need arise. 
Some of the team equipment and assessors in the underground fire exercise preparation area and portal entry

Surface Training Operations Manager - Mark Freeman

Underground Training
Underground Inseam Response training is planned to be conducted in the first quarter of 2017 with a pilot course being run at Oaky North.

QMRS are facilitating the training days for Oaky North.  This round we are conducting training in fire, inflatable stoppings and high expansion foam.

Open Cut Emergency Response Training
The Surface Emergency Response course material has been completed and is in the process of being put onto the training scope at SIMTARS.  We have at present delivered Recruit Course training to Kestrel, Oaky Surface Operations and Yarrabee Mine. Ongoing maintenance training is being conducted at Kestrel and Oaky Surface Operations.

One of the major drawcards in our training is the content and trainers familiarity in surface operations and their ability to understand the limitations and issues with open cut operations.  QMRS are also carrying out maintenance and recruit course training at Anglo's Dawson Mine.  This will allow the mine to align the training to the principal hazards that they have on site and tailor the competencies to suit these hazards. Please direct all inquiries to Mark Freeman on 0419 791 601 or the Blackwater Station on 4982 5369.

Blackwater Station
The station has been very busy conducting this round of Underground Team Member training at Ensham. Many thanks to the trainers and Brian Debnam for the organisation and efforts in making this round worthwhile.  Thanks also to the coordinators for focusing the team members on the allocated days to ensure that there were sufficient numbers to conduct worthwhile training.

Inertisation Operations Manager - Clive Hanrahan

During August I travelled to the International Mines Rescue Competition in Sudbury Canada to participate as an assessor for the event alongside Steve Dawe and Shaun Dando.  Being an assessor underground for the duration unfortunately meant I didn’t have the opportunity to view any other exercises, however I was able to view the nine teams a day for three days go through their underground procedures and I can say with confidence our Queensland teams and procedures are still as good as anything else you’ll see from around the world, (perhaps I’m biased).

A new communication system was also trialled during the competition with the captain using a tablet connected directly to the surface through WiFi.  It had mixed results and currently seems suitable only for the metal mines.  After completion of the competition, I met in Denver with MSHA to receive an overview of their new communications system for coal mines.  This seems to work well but is very labour intensive for the teams.

On my journey home, I had a stop-over at the Edgar experimental mine, 1 hour’s drive from Denver in Colorado and met with Dr. Jürgen Brune, Research Professor for the Colorado School of Mines.  

Edgar Mine is an old gold and silver underground mine that is now owned by the Colorado School of Mines and used for all kinds of experiments and testings.  It is also used by most underground rescue teams from around the U.S.A for training.

After discussions with Mine Manager Jürgen and the universities mines rescue captain, it appears the mine and university would be very welcoming should we ever wish to use the facility.
Smoke filled underground exercise, Sudbury and Edgar experimental mine, Portal No. 1
I was asked by Mr. Joseph Main, Assistant Secretary U.S department of Labor, to give a presentation on the Inertisation Unit to himself, Deputy Administrator for Coal Mine Safety and Health, Tim Watkins and Bill Francart, Director of Technical Support.  They were instrumental in getting the Inertisation Unit to Loveridge some years ago and were looking for an update on our operations.  He also asked if I could present to the MSHA managers in Pittsburgh and Denver while I was there and these presentations and following discussions went very well.
Education Manager - Paul McCarthy

Advanced First Aid and Resuscitation Training
The ability to perform First Aid and resuscitation is vitally important for rescue team members in coal mines, who may be faced with severely injured mine workers requiring immediate treatment to stabilise them for delivery to medical help.  Two competency units, HLTAID006: Provide advanced First Aid and HLTAID007: Provide advanced resuscitation cover the knowledge and skills that provide trained mines rescue team members the capability to perform first response treatment and stabilisation of injured persons at underground and open cut mine sites.  

The two competency units are required to attain a Certificate III qualification in two of the QMRS core courses delivered at the QMRS facilities:

•   10114NAT: Cert III Underground Coal Mines Emergency Response and Rescue 
•   10242NAT: Cert III in Underground Coal Mine Inertisation Team Operations.  

One of the two competency units, HLTAID006 (advanced First Aid) is also an elective unit within the training requirements for a Certificate III in Mine Emergency Response and Rescue (ERR) qualification, and both this and the HLTAID007 unit are recommended for open cut coal mine ERT members.

Advanced First Aid and resuscitation courses are not delivered by the QMRS staff. Therefore, QMRS is going to provide the opportunity for underground and open cut coal mines mines rescue team members to attend this training on a voluntary basis at our Dysart and Blackwater facilities.  The courses will be delivered twice yearly on a staggered schedule, at each station by appropriate third part providers.  
The skills and knowledge content of the combined course in advanced First Aid and resuscitation includes cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), applying oxygen to unconscious and conscious patients, ventilation, and using an AED.  The consensus among training providers is that the combined course duration will be three days, thus a fixed 3-day training slot will be organised with the Dysart and Blackwater Operations Managers.

Australian Resuscitation Council and Queensland Ambulance Service (“industry”) guidelines recommend that CPR skills be revalidated (refreshed) in 12 months to maintain competency.  The guidelines also recommend that HLTAID007 (advanced resuscitation) be recertified every 12 months to maintain competency, and HLTAID006 (advanced First Aid) should be recertified after 3 years.   

Subject to course demand for mines rescue personnel, this initiative should also be able to be made available to mine employees and community members providing a regular opportunity to obtain and maintain these essential life support skills.

QMRS staff, mines rescue students and team members who complete these courses and maintain their competencies should be able to respond appropriately to an incident involving casualties during the course of a rescue operation on a mine site, with the added benefit of having the skills and knowledge to be able to perform First Aid at an advanced level when faced with an emergency at home and away from work. 

Operations Manager - Ray Smith

I have recently taken on responsibility of the MEMS portfolio and I am looking forward to working more closely with the Mines to continually improve the course QMRS offers.  Another successful MEMS course was held in September with mines sending persons from Grosvenor Mine, Oaky North, Oaky No.1, Grasstree Mine and Kestrel Mine.  QMRS is currently upgrading the material and scenarios which is to be delivered during the next course which is being held 14th – 18th November 2016.
Participants from Oaky North, Oaky No.1, Grasstree, Grosvenor and Kestrel Mines
QMRS has commenced delivery of Glencore Incident Command & Control Systems (GICCS) course.  These are a two day course held in Tieri.

Level 2's are well underway with North Goonyella conducting one during September, planning has started at Carborough Downs, and we have had discussions at other mines which means a busy couple of months coming up now that the Level 1 has been postponed until November.

Congratulations and well done to the next generation of recruits who successfully completed the August Recruit course at the Dysart station.  It was the second full UG Recruit course we have run using the new Learning Management System (LMS).   For those in the know this means a paperless fully integrated course. 
Another successful delivery of the new and improved Underground Team Member Recruit Course held during August at the Dysart station
July 28th saw the 2nd of the Mines Rescue competitions for 2016 with the EK Healy held at Moranbah North Mine. Congratulations to Grosvenor for placing 1st, with Cook Colliery taking 2nd, Oaky North 3rd and Oaky No.1  4th.  The Matt Best Trophy was won by Scott Ryan of Moranbah North Mine & the Chief Inspectors Trophy was won by James Hodgkinson, also of Moranbah North Mine. 

Good luck to all teams in October at the Aussie when they take on the NSW teams on the 20th at Kestrel Mine.
First place winners Grosvenor Mine
Miners Memorial Day was held at Moranbah this year with another fantastic attendance from industry, remembering all the lives that have been lost in mining

Operations Manager Equipment - Brent Stewart

The equipment team has had a productive period over the last quarter.  A number of improvements have been completed to expand the usage and flexibility of our resources. These include the CABA quick fill panel at Dysart Station having its installation and commissioning completed.  Remedial works at Blackwater Station has been conducted on the fire gallery doors, the framework and the fire hearth refurbishment is underway.  

We are beginning a trial of a new BG4 calibration tool to investigate our options for the replacement of the ageing RZ25.  Two Drager RZ7000 units have been purchased for the Technical Officers to begin testing of suits during monthly audits to commence the trial process.  The RZ7000 is a similar unit to the RZ25 with the major difference being it is an electronic unit with the ability to save and store test records to assist in our suit compliance.
In the coming months, one of the focus points for the equipment team is in the continuation of updating our Hardcat maintenance system in order to capture all upcoming scheduling requirements.

Business Manager - Ramsay Wells

After twelve months of hard work and dedication, we are excited to announce that our new and refreshed website is now live. 
The updated site includes major changes to navigation; we’ve also improved the structure of our content, so you’ll get more from a quick read. There’s a whole host of smaller but impactful changes, all to make your experience of the adjusted site that much better for you.  We wanted to make the new website faster, easier to navigate, and more user-friendly.

As a ‘Mines Rescue’ Training & Response leader, it’s important for QMRS to make information regarding training services easily accessible to our members. We are endeavouring to provide our members with the most accurate, up-to-date information and to share our knowledge and expertise in the area of Mines Rescue. 

We have also built unique electronic reporting and recording capabilities into our I.T. platforms and have integrated those platforms into our new web site. This will allow registered members of QMRS to access up-to-date real time information in the management of team member training. 

The new website has a ‘members portal’ known as ‘myQMRS’, this new portal will allow members, coordinators, SSEs and mine managers the ability to monitor how well they are doing in meeting their Mines Rescue obligations. The ‘myQMRS’ portal allows team members the ability to monitor their training progress and records online. 

To gain access to the new ‘myQMRS’ portal please visit www.qmrs.com.au . You will see the ‘myQMRS Members Login’ button, just click the button and you will be taken to a login page, if you do not have a login already follow the instructions and a login will be approved and emailed to you within 48 hours. Once you have you login authorisation you can jump into ‘myQMRS’ as often as you like.

Members with login authorisation can only see information relevant to either themselves or their mine. 
We will be rolling out a lot more pages, content and functionality over the coming months, so what you see right now is just the start, we hope that you visit our new website often. 
Our goal is to provide an easy to navigate, informative website that enables our members to quickly access the information they need, whether it be finding the right course material or reading useful articles, as well as enabling you to easily navigate through our site.

Due to the significant changes in the website architecture, we know there may be digital hiccups along the way. This is where we need your help!  If you see a broken link or feel that something should be reviewed or enhanced or for any questions, suggestions, feedback or comments, please email us at it@qmrs.com.au 

I would personally like to thank the team of people involved in this mammoth project over the last twelve months; these people have dedicated themselves to bringing QMRS into the digital age. I thank you for your efforts.
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