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Our critical priority at this time is to ensure that Mines Rescue remains equipped to provide critical emergency response services to industry. We have controls in place to ensure response capability is maintained outside of our training commitments, such as ensuring Duty Officers are isolated from training operations.

As such, NSW Mines Rescue has limited training to emergency escape and other essential training to continue to support the NSW mining industry.

Wherever possible, we will continue to carry out our commercial work. However; some training may be affected as a result of us having to isolate duty officers from site.

We are also evolving our training to utilise online/e-learning capabilities, where possible and practical, to maintain trainee’s learning and continue our service provision.

We are pleased to inform you that we will be moving the following courses to an online/e-learning platform delivery:

  • RII40415 – Certificate IV in Underground Coal Operations
  • RII50915 – Diploma of Underground Coal Mining Management

Other health and safety preventative measures have been implemented at each Mines Rescue station to screen attendees on arrival and to minimise potential exposure while at our training facilities.

We are following the Australian Government’s advice and taking considered action to ensure the health, safety and well-being of our people and community. We have taken the following precautionary measures and we have made the following changes to these scheduled events:

  • All of the underground mines rescue competitions, in addition to the Southern Mines Rescue BG4 event have been postponed.
  • The Southern Mines Rescue’s CABA competition will be cancelled for 2020.

At this stage the Hunter Valley Open Cut competition remains scheduled for September 2020, until further notice.

We understand the importance of these events, however the health and safety of our workers, brigades and industry remain our first priority at this time and we are doing all that we can to stop the spread of COVID-19.

We recognise that these are uncertain and upsetting times and our thoughts go out to the people who have been directly affected by this extraordinary situation as well as to the healthcare and other frontline employees dealing with the virus and keeping communities safe.

Should you wish to know more about Coal Services’ response to COVID-19, please click the link below.