Emergency Response Competitions

Supporting global safety leaders; training for ‘that’ moment.

When ‘that moment’ comes, performance is critical. There is no room for error and no second chances. MineARC understands this all too well – during an emergency, our refuge chambers play a vital role in personnel survival. Therefore, we can relate to the pressures placed on Emergency Response Teams (ERTs) and endeavour to support them whenever we can.

Mine Emergency Response Competitions and other similar events provide an opportunity for ERTs to showcase their skills and readiness against their peers. Here at MineARC Systems, we live and breathe safety, which is we have continued to support Emergency Response Competitions across the globe.

Why We Support Emergency Response Teams

ERTs form an integral part of mining and underground safety. They bring together a dedicated group trained in the art of incident response across multiple disciplines. Emergencies can happen anywhere and at any time, and in ‘that moment’ these teams need to be ready to face challenges at all times.

Emergency response competitions expose teams to a range of realistic scenarios, putting their skills and teamwork under pressure and in the spotlight of seasoned professional adjudicators, their peers, colleagues, family and the general public. At these events, each ERT will respond to several incidents ranging from underground search and rescue, first aid, and hazmat.

On the Front Line

Emergency Rescue personnel from across the globe, share their motivation, passion and the challenges they face as an ERT. 

Indonesia’s Emergency Response Team participate in their first international mines rescue competition in Perth, Western Australia.

Training amongst the highlands of Papua, Indonesia surrounded by deep green forest, and a blanket of mist is just a typical day for Edward Suryanegara and his Underground Mine Rescue (UGMR) team. It’s a stark contrast to the searing sun and flat landscape of Australia’s West Coast, but this is where six firefighters from the PT Freeport Indonesia’s Underground Mine Rescue were destined.

Read about the team’s journey

Competition-winning medic, Sandra Wagner shares the reality of ERTs and the connections which stem from such teams.

Whether amongst the red dirt of central Western Australia or the competing fields of Langley Park, Sandra Wagner brings a sense of artistry to emergency response; acting with composure, compassion and strength.

In 2017 and 2018 Sandra was awarded Best Medic at the West Australian Mining Emergency Response Competition (MERC) held in Perth. Wagner shares what drove her to join an Emergency Response Team (ERT) and the influence it has had on her career.

Read Sandra’s full story

ERT has taken Erica A. Gallegos Arias all over the world; she shares her progression, from trainee to international judge of mine rescue events.

Erica A. Gallegos Arias brings the passion of Peru into her role as leader of a mines rescue team, consultant, and international emergency response competition judge. Like most emergency responders, the people she works with have become like a global family; bonded together through shared experiences and mutual admiration. However, Erica’s choice to pursue emergency response in mines was met with institutionalised challenges.

Read Erica’s full story

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