TMEC emergency response teams show university students the way

The University of Tasmania’s Rural Clinical School students' eyes, ears and hands were kept busy participating alongside the Tasmanian Minerals Emergency Response teams’ two-day training event in Queenstown in March.

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More than 60 people took part in the training which provided teams and participants with a unique opportunity to run scenarios focusing on mass casualty situations alongside medical and paramedical staff and students. 

Co-Director Rural Clinical School, Dr Deb Wilson, was impressed by the event.

“It was really helpful for the students to hear the reality of what happens in the world of mine rescue,” Dr Wilson said.

“Both students and staff have come away with a sense of admiration for the work the mines rescue undertake, which at times must be very difficult.

“All the feedback I received from staff, students and the mine rescue teams was very positive.  And I hope we can continue the links between the mining industry and the RCS.”

Tasmania is the only Australian state to have emergency response staff from every underground mine, surface mine and smelter working and meeting together throughout the year.  In addition, it is the only State to have a universal emergency number so that 555 is phoned from any smelter or mine site if there is an emergency.

The Tasmanian Minerals Emergency Response teams contribute to the local community by responding and assisting in road accident emergencies, national park and bush land, fire protection and fire fighting and bushwalker rescue across the West Coast.

The annual Tasmanian Minerals Emergency Response Competition will be held at Bluestone Mines on the West Coast on 13 and 14 November 2015.

The competition ensures exposure to and practice of emergency care and response to the best possible standard.   The events include first aid, fire fighting, team skills, road crash rescue, confined space rescue, underground search and rescue, rope rescue and rescue theory.