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Mine rescue teams showcase skills at the Victorian Mine Rescue Competition

Victorian and NSW mines took part in the 30th MCA Victorian Mine Rescue Competition (VMRC) over 20 – 22 October in Stawell.

Agnico Eagle’s Fosterville Gold Mine won best overall at the event, followed by Mandalay’s Costerfield Operations in second place and CSA Cobar in third place.

The MCA would like to congratulate all competitors on their efforts and thank all volunteers, adjudicators, sponsors and host mine Stawell Gold Mines for making this competition possible.

VMRC is a major annual safety training exercise for mine emergency response teams organised by the MCA.

The competition is a critical part of the mining industry’s efforts to support highly trained rescue personnel.

Eight teams competed in a variety of simulated emergency situations to test and train mine rescue teams as part of the Victorian mining industry’s commitment to safety.

The simulated exercises help prepare mines for any emergencies on site by putting their skills to the test and also providing an event for mine rescue teams and emergency services to share their knowledge and experience.

An important part of the competition is the involvement of emergency response agencies including Victoria Police and Ambulance Victoria to build links and preparedness with the mine rescue community.

2023 Victorian Mine Rescue Competition full results


1st: Fosterville Gold Mine

2nd: Mandalay Resources Costerfield Operations

3rd: CSA Cobar

Winning Team Captain – CSA Cobar – Dean Hodges

Winning Team – Overall Safety – CFA Oscar 1

Fire Exercise – CFA Oscar 1

First Aid – Central VIC Mine Rescue Group

Ropes Exercise – CSA Cobar

Underground Search & Rescue – Fosterville Gold Mine

Skills Exercise – Mandalay Resources Costerfield Operation

Theory – Central VIC Mine Rescue Group

Road Crash Rescue – CSA Cobar


For further information contact: minerescue@minerals.org.au. 

Thank you to the 2023 VMRC sponsors and supporters.