2017 Tasmanian Minerals Emergency Response Competition

The 30th Annual Tasmanian Minerals Emergency Response Competition (TMERC) was held at Queenstown on the 27-28 October 2017. Emergency response teams from mine and smelter sites across the state competed in a range of events involving both theory and simulated emergency situations at Copper Mines of Tasmania's Mount Lyell Mine.


Ben Maynard, Chairman of the Tasmanian Minerals Emergency Response Committee said “This year marks a significant milestone, being the 30th year of our Emergency response competition.  Emergency response on mine and mineral processing sites involves volunteer teams of employees who train and prepare for all types of emergency situations in potentially difficult environments. Our annual competition provides teams with an excellent learning opportunity and a practical way to test their skills in a simulated emergency situation, with a strong focus on safety.  The competition also allows a chance for us to test our effectiveness when it comes to providing Mutual Aid.  The Tasmanian Minerals and Energy Council’s Mutual Aid Agreement articulates the intent of member sites to provide emergency support in the event of a protracted incident.  This agreement has led to the implementation of a range of initiatives across the sector including standardisation of training and apparatus.  This initiative ensures that responders are using familiar language and equipment in an emergency situation.”

Copper Mines of Tasmania’s, General Manager – Care and Maintenance, Peter Walker said “We are delighted to host this 30th Anniversary Emergency Response Competition, especially as the first competition was held at Mt Lyell.  These competitions are important to the community and to industry.  Not only do all participants learn new skills and improve on existing skills by learning from others, it also enhances their existing teamwork and enables us to showcase the capacity that exists in emergency response to our employees and the wider community.

 "It also ensures that participating team members are exposed to and practise emergency care and response in realistic situations. Each mine and smelter site in the state has their own emergency response teams and there is a mutual aid agreement between these operations that ensures additional skilled assistance and support can be called upon in the event of an extended emergency.  This also benefits the wider community as many team members are also volunteers with the SES and other volunteer organisations.” said Mr Walker.

 2017 Emergency Response Competition events include:

  • First aid  
  • Team Skills
  • Firefighting
  • Rope rescue,
  • Search and rescue; and
  • Theory

Overall Placings:

1st - Grange Resources - Blue Sky Miners

2nd - MMG Rosebery Mines Rescue

3rd - TMERC Combined Mutual Aid Team

Results by Event:

Overall First Aid (combined score as judged across all scenarios): Cornwall Coal - Mines Rescue

Overall Safety (combined score as judged across all scenarios): Cornwall Coal - Mines Rescue

Best Captain (combined score as judged across all scenarios): Cornwall Coal - Mines Rescue (Leigh Spilsbury)

Underground Search & Rescue: MMG Rosebery Mine Rescue Team

Surface Search & Rescue: Grange Resources - Blue Sky Miners

Fire Fighting: Bluestone Mines Rescue

Rope Rescue: Grange Resources - Blue Sky Miners

First Aid Scenario: TMERC Combined Mutual Aid Team

Team Skills: Grange Resources - Blue Sky Miners

Theory: Grange Resources - Blue Sky Miners