The 2018 SA Mines Emergency Response Competition (SAMERC) was delivered during May – this year 5 teams entered the competition from BHP Olympic Dam, OZ Minerals Prominent Hill, SIMEC Mining Whyalla, Perilya and CBH Resources competing across 8 events.

SAMERC is designed to test the skills and knowledge of teams who would be called on to respond to a mine emergency, enhancing existing emergency response and rescue training for the resources sector. The 2018 competition was a huge success, with all teams participating in realistic scenarios that enabled opportunity for learning.


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CPA Group’s Director – Emergency Services, Kevin Waterman participated in the event as a competition judge in the industrial rescue, and the breathing apparatus search and rescue components of the competition. Kevin is one of the industry’s most highly-respected and qualified professionals with experience of managing the largest private emergency response team in Australia.

Kevin was highly impressed by what he saw: “As usual, the quality of the various teams was extremely high. It is always a pleasure for me to contribute back into the industry by attending events like this. It also has the added benefit of ensuring I am always aware of industry best practice which assists the CPA Group service to maintain its reputation for top quality and professionalism in the industry.”


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