Cooper Pedy mine rescue, in the Australian Opal fields

In Australia’s opal capital, Andy Shiels goes underground searching for something much more precious than an opal. For 40 years, he has gone looking to save lives underground. ‘Back in the 70s and 80s, it was very wild around here…

Costerfield mine fire: 28 people ‘safe and well’ after mine fire in central Victoria

A fire broke out at the Costerfield mine in McNichols Lane in Victoria yesterday (16/12/2016). Twenty-eight people were underground at the Mandalay Resources operation when a remotely operated loader caught fire around 3pm. The company said the operator raised the alarm and…

Mine Rescue Competition, Testing Rescue Crews

From humble beginnings 20 years ago, the Victorian Mine Rescue Competition has emerged as a well-respected, highly competitive national event. With teams entering from across the nation, the Victorian Mine Rescue Competition (VMRC) has become a truly national event. Teams…

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