Success for Peak mines rescue team at Victoria competition

The Peak Gold Mines Emergency Rescue team had success at the recent Victorian Mines Rescue competition in Bendigo. Photo contributed

The Peak Gold Mine’s (PGM) Emergency Rescue team recently competed in the Victorian Mines Rescue competition, held at Fosterville Gold Mine in Bendigo, finishing first in three events and third overall in the competition.

The PGM team conducted themselves with a high level of team work and outstanding individual skills over the three days of intense competition.

Each of the nine teams competed in a variety of exercises and simulations to test their skills and included Mines Rescue Theory, Vertical Rescue, Mines Rescue Skills, Breathing Apparatus and Multi Casualty First Aid, Fire Fighting, Spence Herd and Search/Rescue scenarios.

The PGM team performed strongly on Friday and Saturday and excelled in the Search and Rescue and First Aid events on Sunday.

At the presentation on Sunday night, the Peak Gold team received: 1st Place for Search and Rescue exercise; 1st Place for the Spence Herd exercise and 1st Place for the Theory exercise with PGM team member Dan Steven the winner.

PGM also placed second in the Multi Casualty exercise and second for Overall Safety throughout the competition.

This is the best result a PGM team has achieved in the many mines rescue competitions they have participated in.

The team consisted of: Dan Steven (captain); Chris Driver (vice captain); Khan Fugar (medic); Steph Bastian (medic); Nick Mitchell (grunt); Leighton Trudgett (grunt); Casey Martin (reserve); and Troy Knight (manager).—contributed