Report: APP CMHS Project 4

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7.1.5. Mines Rescue Response

A mines rescue response is needed at two levels – at the mine and as an external agency.

Mines rescue organisations are typically a minimum of one hour from a mine site, no matter how close or rapid the response. In many cases this will be up to 4 hours.

A mine response may be needed as an interim measure to rescue persons who are trapped or to mount a fire response in irrespirable air.

An external mines rescue service is provided in all respondent APP countries. Such organisations similarly need to employ up-to-date apparatus, training and methods. These are often underpinned by a set of operational guidelines that detail when a mines rescue team can or importantly, cannot go into operation. Again, many lives are lost within the mines rescue ranks because the information was not heeded nor appreciated.

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