Curragh team ready to respond

Curragh’s Emergency Response Team is all set to partake in the upcoming competition in Hobart.
Curragh’s Emergency Response Team is all set to partake in the upcoming competition in Hobart.

CURRAGH Mine's Emergency Response Team is set to compete at the Australasian Road Crash Rescue Challenge in Hobart from April 26-29.

Team Captain Alan Gray will be joined by David Mapes, Brett Garretty, Kenneth Morrell, Kristian Gainsford, Mathew Wells and Spencer White to compete against 22 teams from Singapore, Hong Kong, New Zealand and every state in Australia.

ERT coordinator Ian McIntyre said a team representing Curragh hadn't competed in a competition since 2008, but the fresh team was ready for the challenge.

"We had a bit of a dry spell for a while," Ian said.

When he took on the role as coordinator in 2011, they had 10 members, and he pushed for the team to increase.

"(The team has) grown to 43... We've had a massive interest in being an ERT member on site," he said.

"Our goal this year was to get a cross section of the workforce.

"Our ERT is Curragh, Thiess and T&J Whitehouse employees.

"My philosophy is we're one site, one team."

Ian said the Road Crash Rescue Challenge was a competition where electricians, fitters and operators could showcase their skills and learn different processes to better equip the team for incidents they might come across on the mine site.

He said they called for nominations earlier this year, and from 20 applications they selected seven men to represent Curragh at the competition.

"They've been training two days a fortnight for the past two months," Ian said.

"They've had site-based training scenarios such as training in vehicle-on-vehicle accidents, vehicle underpinning accidents and casualty extraction."

Ian said the team was well prepared with good support from Curragh Mine management.

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