Victorian Mine Rescue Competition

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

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

The VMRC has been running since 1993 and sees mine 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.

2020 VMRC

Health and safety is the mining industry’s number one priority.

Because of the need to protect our workforce, families and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Victorian Mine Rescue Competition scheduled for 18-20 September at Fosterville has been postponed to 2021. The competition will be held at Fosterville with dates to be confirmed. 

Work already underway for the 2020 competition will be carried over into planning for the 2021 event.

Thank you for your understanding and ongoing support. We will be in touch with further advice once arrangements for 2021 are finalised.

For enquiries please email minerescue@minerals.org.au or phone 03 8614 1851.

2019 VMRC

The 2019 VMRC was held at Latrobe Valley at Energy Australia’s Yallourn mine on October 18 - 20.

The world-leading expertise of Australia’s mining industry was on display at the 27th annual Victorian Mine Rescue Competition.

Nine teams from Victorian and New South Wales mines put their skills to the test in a range of simulated emergency situations including team skills, firefighting, first aid, rope rescue and search and rescue.

CMOC Northparkes Mines won best overall at the event, followed by Oscar 1 Emergency Response Brigade in second and Fosterville Gold Mine in third.

Safety is the number one priority for the minerals industry.  The simulated emergencies faced by the teams at the competition help prepare them for real-life situations.