Top End locals get a chance to see Australia’s best mine rescuers in action this weekend

Mining companies will test their world-leading rescue skills under the pressures of real life emergency situations in Darwin on the weekend during the annual Northern Australia Emergency Response Competition (NAERC).

With simulated fire-fighting, first aid, rescue from heights, breathing apparatus skills, underground search and rescue, hazardous materials and road accident rescue scenarios on offer, Territorians will get a chance to see Australia’s best mine rescue teams in action.

NAERC’s motto is ‘The minute saved through practice, could be the minute needed to save a life’. The Australian mining industry’s number one value and commitment is the safety and health of its workforce, where everyone who goes to work in the industry returns home safe and healthy, and the industry is committed to becoming free of fatalities and injuries.

Held at Charles Darwin University, NAERC promotes safety and emergency response training, the importance of emergency response preparedness within the larger community, using judges to review and improve on team performance and building confidence for participants.

This is the 10th year the competition – which plays an integral part in emergency response training to benefit the whole community – has been hosted by the Minerals Council of Australia’s Northern Territory Division.

Teams include Newmont Tanami Operations, McArthur River Mine, Gemco South 32, Glencore Mount Isa Mine and Rio Tinto.

MCA NT is excited about so many top teams competing and giving the public a rare glimpse into top-level mine emergency response teams in action.

Admission is free.

WHAT: Northern Australia Emergency Response Competition

WHERE: The Indonesian Gardens, Casuarina Campus, Charles Darwin University

WHEN: Saturday 15 May to Sunday 16 May

TIME: 6.30 am to 4.30 pm

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