Tasmanian Minerals Emergency Response Committee and Competition
The Tasmanian Minerals Emergency Response Committee (TMERC) is the peak body representing emergency response across the State's mining and mineral processing industry.
TMERC aims to promote:
- communication, collaboration and the pursuit of industry best practice in emergency response.
- support, facilitate and de-risk mutual aid by removing barriers, developing protocols and systems and installing minimum standards.
- demonstrate emergency response in our minerals industry to be equally professional and trusted as SES, Fire and Ambulance services.
In 1986 the Tasmanian Mine Rescue Steering Committee (TMRSC) was formed as an initiative of Workplace Standards. In 2010 TMRSC was expanded to incorporate all mineral processing operations and was renamed the Tasmanian Minerals Emergency Response Committee, which reports to the Tasmanian Minerals and Energy Council Board.
The committee includes a senior representative from each mine or mineral processing facility that has an emergency response capability - typically the ER coordinator, OH&S Manager or Rescue Team Captain.
Tasmanian Minerals Emergency Response Competition
The biggest undertaking for the committee is the annual Tasmanian Minerals Emergency Response Competition. This competition commenced in 1986 and in 2011 extended from a one-day to a two-day competition.
In addition the Minerals Council secretariat resolved to seek support from sponsors, incorporate VIP events and ensure wide media coverage.
The goal of the competition was to ensure exposure to and practice of emergency care and response to the best possible standard.
Tasmania is the only Australian State to have emergency response staff from every underground mine, surface mine and smelter working and meeting together throughout the year. In addition, it is the only State to have a universal emergency number so that 555 is phoned from any smelter or mine site if there is an emergency.
The Minerals Emergency Response teams contribute to the local community by responding and assisting in road accident emergencies, national park and bush land, fire protection and fire fighting and bushwalker rescue across the West Coast.