TWO Russian teams and a team from Kazakhstan took out the top three spots in the XI International Mines Rescue Competition, held in Russia from September 22 to 29.
Australia’s own Peabody Wambo Mines Rescue team finished ninth overall from a field of 24 participating teams, with solid results in the mines rescue simulation component, where they finished fourth behind two Russian squads and the team from Kazakhstan.
Fellow Aussie team Moranbah North Mine finished 16th overall, with an exceptional second in the first aid competition, bettered only by the Russian team that took out the entire competition.
That winning Russian team, Kemerovo MRS (part of EMERCOM of Russia), dominated the five component competition, which also included fire fighting, first aid, a relay race and a theory exam, coming first in all bar the relay race, and scoring perfect scores in each of the four sections they won.
Other teams in the competition came from as far afield as Canada, China, Zambia, India and Columbia, as well as a host of teams from across Europe, including Poland, Slovakia and the disputed territories of Lugansk and Donetsk.
The Canadian team, known as Diamonds in the Rough, is an all-female team.