- Plane crash response part of fifth annual emergency competition
- Public invited to learn first aid skills
- $168,000 already raised for trauma charities
Saving people from a flaming replica of a passenger jet will be one of the real-life scenarios confronting some of Western Australia's top rescue teams in the fifth annual Mining Emergency Response Competition (MERC) this weekend.
Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Marmion encouraged the people of Perth to converge on Langley Park to see the highly trained teams in action.
"The importance of the skills showcased in this competition has been highlighted by this week's mining industry tragedy," Mr Marmion said.
"Holding the event in Perth allows FIFO workers, mining families and the local community to see mines emergency response in action.
"There will also be a series of skills and training sessions available to the general public including wound dressing, CPR and road crash rescue."
The fifth annual competition will see nine teams compete in seven events including first aid, firefighting and vertical, road crash, confined space and hazardous material rescue.
The Minister said the Department of Mines and Petroleum was sponsoring the Emergency Response Team Readiness event and would provide adjudication and administrative support, as well as coverage of the event in the next edition of the Resources Safety Matters magazine.
This year's competition will see the inaugural memorial trophy for the Emergency Teams Safety Award, named in honour of a Goldfields mine worker who lost his life in 2013.
A delegation from Laos will also be observing the MERC, as they work towards improving safety and reducing fatalities in their nation's mining industry.
"WA's expertise in this area is in international demand," Mr Marmion said.
"Events like these are critical in assessing emergency response and, while this is a hard-fought team competition, the overall winner will be mine safety."
- The MERC is a non-profit organisation promoting mine rescue excellence
- Teams from Aditya Birla Minerals, Fortescue Metals Group, Newcrest Mining Limited, Newmont Asia Pacific, Rio Tinto Iron Ore, Argyle Diamonds, Synergy and Western Areas will compete
- Eight charities and support organisation including Camp Quality, Cancer Council Australia, Miners' Promise, Starlight Children's Foundation, Royal Flying Doctor Service, beyondblue, Ronald McDonald House and St John Ambulance Kununurra Sub Centre will benefit from MERC fundraising in 2015
- The MERC is a public event, attracting thousands of spectators
- For more information, visit http://www.themerc.com.au
Minister's office - 6552 6800