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GUIDELINES for FREQUENCY of PRACTICE SESSIONS

 

(suggested minimum training levels for rescuers to be considered current)
Closed Circuit SCBA & Underground Rescue Procedures

Status 1: New Trainee: (4 hours usage in less than 3 weeks)

Status 2: 5 hours but not 10 hours total usage: 1 hour per 3 weeks

Status 3: 10 hours but not 20 hours total usage: 1 hour per 6 weeks

Status 4: More than 20 hours total usage: 1 hour per 9 weeks

Heavy smoke should be encountered on every third session.

A current rescuer who organises and supervises a session but does not wear a set can be credited with 0.5 hour usage.

 

Open Circuit SCBA & Hazchem Decontamination Procedures

Status 1: New Trainee: (2 exercises)

Status 2: 3 exercises but not 6: 1 hour per 3 weeks

Status 3: 6 exercises but not 10: 1 hour per 6 weeks

Status 4: More than 10 exercises: 1 hour per 9 weeks

A current rescuer who organises and supervises a session but does not take part can be credited with 0.5 of an exercise.

 

Rope Rescue

Status 1: New Trainee: (16 hours training in less than 3 weeks)

Status 2: 1 exercise but not 6: 1 hour per 3 weeks

Status 3: 6 exercises but not 10: 1 hour per 6 weeks

Status 4: More than 10 exercises: 1 hour per 9 weeks

Abseiling should be practised whenever an exercise is held although it is possible to be current on rope rescue without being current on abseiling.

A current rescuer who organises and supervises a session but does not take part can be credited with 0.5 of an exercise.

 

Fire Fighting

Status 1: New Trainee: (4 hours training)

Status 2: 1 exercise but not 4: 1 hour per 3 weeks

Status 3: 4 exercises but not 7: 1 hour per 6 weeks

Status 4: More than 7 exercises: 1 hour per 9 weeks

A current rescuer who organises and supervises a session but does not take part can be credited with 0.5 of an exercise.

 

Notes

Exercises can involve more than one aspect of Mines Rescue.

First Aid should be incorporated into each exercise. Care of an unconscious casualty, oxygen therapy and the six man lift should be practised at each session. Resuscitation with oxygen should be practised regularly.

Theoretical knowledge should be tested at each session.

Missing two sessions of a particular aspect of Mines Rescue will lower a rescuer’s status by one level in that aspect. Missing a further two sessions (at the rate applicable to the reduced status) will lower the status by another and missing two sessions at that level will require re-training.

Separate record books should be kept for each aspect with one page per rescuer as per the example below for closed circuit SCBA:

 

Rescuer: Joe Bloggs, Initial Training Completed: 1/4/95

Sample Record Book

Emergency Response Considerations

Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus

Drager PA93

Hazardous Chemicals

Drager BG174

Drager BG4

Fire

Fire Fighting

First Aid

Rope Rescue

Case Study - Pasminco Fire

Major Disaster Case Studies

Glossary

Summary of the Principles of Rescue Work


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