Victorian Mines Rescue Competition

The Victorian Mine Rescue Competition (VMRC) is a mines rescue and emergency response capacity building exercise.

The VMRC has been running since 1993 and sees mines rescue and emergency response teams from mine sites around Victoria and Australia compete against each other in a variety of simulated emergency situations to put their skills to the test, and share their extensive knowledge with each other.

The VMRC attracts teams from all over Australia and is a highly regarded national event.

2018 VMRC

The 2018 VMRC will be held in the Bendigo region at Kirkland Lake Gold’s Fosterville Mine on October 12-14.

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2017 VMRC

The 2017 GasTech Australia VMRC was held on October 20-22 at EnergyAustralia's Yallourn Mine in the Latrobe Valley.

This hotly-contested event saw seven of the ten competing teams win an exercise award, with the highly coveted Overall Competition Winner being won by Newcrest Cadia Valley Operations ERT.

Winners were:

First Aid                              CMOC Northparkes ERT

Fire Fighting                      CMOC Northparkes ERT

Rope Rescue                     Kirkland Lake Gold Fosterville ERT

Search & Rescue              Evolution Mining Combined ERT

B.A. Practical                     Evolution Mining Combined ERT

Team Skills                         Newcrest Cadia Valley Operations ERT

Theory                                 CMOC Northparkes ERT

Spence Herd Challenge  Newgold Peak Gold Mine ERT

Best Captain                      Zane Smith, Kirkland Lake Gold Stawell Gold Mines ERT

Overall Safety                    Estate Services – Yallourn ERT

Overall Winner                  Newcrest Cadia Valley Operations ERT

Generous sponsors who made the 2017 VMRC possible included:

GasTech Australia                                            Drager

Evolution Mining                                             Fero Group

ish24                                                                   Risk Response + Rescue

Fire & Safety Australia / NSCA                   Deepcore Drilling

Worksafe Victoria                                           Mining Plus

CMM Technology                                             RTL Mining and Earthworks

Australian Contract Mining

20 Years Commemoration Booklet

From humble beginnings 20 years ago, the VMRC has emerged as a well respected, highly competitive and truly national event.

The sharing of knowledge and experience enables mine rescue personnel to be called upon not only in their own operations but operations throughout the state and across the country. Having a significant pool of highly trained rescue personnel across Australia contributes greatly to the minerals industry’s commitment to zero harm.

Download the VMRC 20 Years Commemoration Booklet