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Praise for rescue "rookies"

Monday, 10th May, 2010

The Perilya mine rescue team (front, from left) Dave Schoobridge and Adam Judd. (Back) Gordon Lawrence, Brenton Oldsen, George Adams (captain), Tom Smith and Anthony Guthrie. The Perilya mine rescue team (front, from left) Dave Schoobridge and Adam Judd. (Back) Gordon Lawrence, Brenton Oldsen, George Adams (captain), Tom Smith and Anthony Guthrie.

The Perilya mine rescue team has competed in their first mine emergency response competition and arrived home successful.

Teams from mining companies throughout Victoria, SA and NSW pitted their mine rescue skills against each other in the inaugural SA Mines Emergency Response Competition.
It was held recently with the only team to represent NSW being Perilya. The team competed in eight components at the Angus Zinc Mine and Brukunga in Mount Barker.
These included fire fighting, rope rescue, first aid, search and rescue and road crash as well as a theory test and practical skills.
Each test was undertaken in a limited amount of time with a limited amount of equipment.
Perilya received the highest percentage in the road crash rescue component and their captain George Adams won the Captain's Trophy.
The boys said attending this comp had given them a lot of experience and had prepared them for accidents that could occur on the mine.
The mine rescue team is manned by volunteeers and trains once a month. They are all underground operators and consider themselves as rookies.

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