Underground ERTs Undergo Refuge Chamber Service Training

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Mining Emergency Response Team uses refuge chamber service training to better prepare and provide all employees with hazard ready chambers.
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An Indonesian Mine uses refuge chamber service training to prepare its emergency rescue team for any event and provide all employees with well-maintained and hazard ready chambers.

Refuge chamber training and shelters form an integral part of a site’s overall emergency response plan. These chambers have the potential for saving lives if they are maintained, and staff appropriately trained.

Site Challenges and Solutions



  • In-house refuge chamber servicing by qualified technicians
  • Practical and theoretical based training and certification, through MineARC’s Service School

Key Takeaways

  • ERT benefits from hands-on refuge chamber service training as it builds the team’s understanding of the shelters and emergency preparedness.
  • Specialised training delivers valuable insight into digital gas monitoring software and calibration.
  • The site can now confidently manage the refuge chamber fleet and maintenance schedule.

Site Background

The Indonesian-based mine focuses on exploring, mining, and processing ore containing copper, gold and silver. As one of the largest mines in Asia the site hosts a suite of refuge chambers. With continued expansion on the horizon, the company are looking to an effective way to maintain their safety training and emergency equipment.

The large metalliferous mine needed a centralised way to complete regularly servicing schedules and manage repairs across the entire fleet, including permanent and portable refuge chambers.

Site improved safety through on-going training and development of personnel and ensure all refuge chambers’ emergency preparedness.

On-Site ERT Refuge Chamber Service Training

By completing MineARC’s Service School, the emergency response team became certified to perform critical operational checks and efficiently resolve issues for two years.

Regularly servicing and performing maintenance checks on a refuge chamber will help ensure your equipment is ready to use at all times. In addition, with a qualified in-house team capable of servicing a refuge chamber to a high standard, the company can now manage their servicing and internal reporting and adapt the schedule to better suit its needs.

Benefits of Hands-On Experience for ERTs

Training extended beyond the classroom to a live underground chamber. The practice gave the emergency response team the correct skills and know-how to maintain all underground refuge chambers to full operation confidently.

A hands-on approach allowed participants the chance to experience servicing their chambers, demonstrated within the context of the underground environment.

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Aura-FX Specialty Training

The Aura-FX Digital Gas Monitor is the most technically advanced gas monitoring unit on the market, specifically designed for use in refuge chambers and safe havens.

The emergency response team undertook training in software updates and calibration. This new technology will provide more precise gas readings within the chamber. When utilised as a part of the GuardIAN Intelligence Network, Aura-FX delivers real-time gas monitoring data and analysis to the surface.

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Refuge chamber service training has enabled the company to improve safety standards across the site. They are maximising the skills of their employees, creating a proactive workforce who actively manages chamber performance. MineARC will continue to work with the company and site to provide ongoing support, regular training courses and annual auditing.

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