MineSAFE Rescue Vehicle for Underground Mining

The MineSAFE Rescue Vehicle for underground mining combines the safety and security of a high-quality refuge chamber with the manoeuvrability of a modern mine transport vehicle.

Engineered specifically for underground mining environments, this rugged vehicle gives emergency response teams the flexibility to safely extract injured personnel from the mine. Its 4-person occupancy, along with an integrated stretcher compartment, means that Emergency Rescue Teams (ERTs) can be dropped into emergency zones, while general personnel can be ferried to the surface.

MineSAFE Rescue Vehicle for Underground Mining

Unlike other emergency transport, the MineSAFE Rescue Vehicle has been specifically designed with the harsh conditions of underground mining in mind. The reinforced exterior and airtight carrier make it perfect for fast and effective emergency response missions.

  • Purpose-designed vehicle for the underground mining environment
  • Advanced braking and tramming, with hydraulic wheel drive
  • 4-person carrier plus secure stretcher compartment
  • Pressurised control system
  • Aura-FX digital gas monitoring
  • CO2 scrubbing system and automated oxygen delivery system
  • Split system air conditioning
  • Positive pressure cabin filtration system
MineSAFE Rescue Vehicle for Underground Mining and ERTs
MineSAFE Underground Rescue Vehicle for ERTs
Body Style Center seated, engine forward
Suspension Rigid Axles, with parabolic leaf springs and shock absorbers, approximately 7” of travel and 12” ground clearance
Top Speeds on 0-2% Grade (Loaded):
1st Gear:
2nd Gear:
3rd Gear:
Automatic:
13.7 mph / 22 km/hr
17.4 mph / 28 km/hr
25.0 mph / 40 km/hr
25.0 mph / 40 km/hr
13.7 mph / 22 km/hr
Top Speeds up 20% Grade (Loaded)
Forward (Automatic)
9.3 mph / 15 km/hr
9.3 mph / 15 km/hr
Engine Deutz 2012 Tier III
129 HP / 96 KW @ 2200 RPM
c/w CANMET or MSHA certified
Tyres 8.25R22.5 / 18 PLY - Mining Tyres
c/w Wheel chocks
Controls Automotive style, accelerator and service brake pedal
Automatic and standard shift (1, 2, 3 & A Select, Forward and Reverse)
Drive by wire
4WD Traction Control - minimal tire wear/scrub throughout entire turning radius
Fuel System 30 Gal Tank (113 L) / Pre-filter / Water separator with primer
Dash mounted fuel gauge
Electrical System 24 Vdc
120 amp Alternator
CAN based electronic control system
Flame retardant wiring
Lockable battery disconnect
FWD/REV High output LED drive lights
Roof mounted high output LED work lights
FWD/REV
Rear red LED marker/brake lights
Back-up alarm
Horn
Roof mounted beacon light
Driver's Cabin ROPS/FOPS Certified
Safety glass windows, slider windows in doors
Windshield wipers/washer system
2 independent adjustable seats with seat belts
Cab pressurizer with RESPA® filtration system
Fire Extinguisher
Cab heating
No hydraulics in the cab
AC system
Options Fire suppression system
Hand pump manifold for release of Emergency
Parking Brakes - for towing

The MineSAFE Rescue Vehicle's primary and secondary braking systems are designed and tested to meet and exceed the CSA braking standard and performance for underground mining machines.

Service braking is accomplished using hydraulic pump and wheel motors, eliminating mechanical wear on parts. Using both accelerator and brake pedals for tram and braking control, the vehicle's Advanced Breaking and Tramming (ABT) system is smooth and seamless, with an automotive feel. With automatic or manual shifting and traction control, there are no underground conditions that are too tough to tame.

The HWD powertrain provides optimised power delivery to each wheel independently, with up to 40% more overall efficiency beyond conventional transmission systems. This ensures the diesel engine is running within its optimal power band; delivering higher levels of performance.

MineSAFE Rescue Vehicle for Underground Mining and ERTs - Cab

A compact Carbon Dioxide Scrubbing System uses prepackaged MARCISORB chemical absorber cartridges. The custom designed, single-tray scrubber fits neatly into the rear carrier, steadily removing carbon dioxide from the air. MineARC’s MARCISORB CO2 cartridges provide superior scrubbing capacity, are easy to load, safe to handle, and
can store for long periods.

An Automated Oxygen Delivery System (AODS) within the cabin is utilized in conjunction with the scrubbing system to replenish breathable air.

MineARC's Aura-FX Digital Gas Monitoring System is a proprietary fixed gas monitoring unit, designed specifically for use in MineARC refuge chambers. The inbuilt Aura-FX has the ability to individually monitor up to three gases as well as ambient temperature via a series of userfriendly, digital screens. Audible voice alarms will prompt occupants to replace scrubbing chemicals or adjust oxygen supply levels in the cabin as required.

MineSAFE Rescue Vehicle for Underground Mining and ERTs - Rear Chamber

The Pressurised Control System (PCS) is centrally located within the vehicle's carrier for ease of access and simple monitoring.

The PCS maintains internal positive pressure in the carrier to prevent the ingress of smoke and other hazardous gases during transport. Additionally, the carrier can be over-pressurised manually to allow for the rapid removal of gases that may enter during entry or exit.

The under-vehicle compressed air cassette supplies the PCS with enough positive pressure for a 4-hour rescue mission. Light weight and easy to handle, the cassette can be replaced in less than 10 minutes without any special tools.

Purpose-designed seating is a unique feature of the MineSAFE Rescue Vehicle.

The ergonomically-considered seats have been engineered to accommodate the bulky nature of an ERT's rebreathers, and fold back to allow for additional space within the carrier during entry and exit.

Rescue Vehicle Exterior

The base vehicle, designed and manufactured by Breaker Technology Inc., boasts more power, less maintenance and a lower emissions footprint. Advanced braking and hydraulic wheel drive (HWD) ensure that the vehicle will perform in any tough condition.

Rescue Vehicle Exterior – Rear

Rescue Vehicle Interior

The rear carrier features MineARC System's proprietary life support equipment; from the latest in gas monitoring technology to advanced breathable air management. A sealed, positive pressure environment prevents the ingress of toxins and smoke during rescue operations.

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