Gallery & Results | SAMERC 2023

The SA Mines Emergency Response Competition showcased vital life-saving rescue skills, with BHP Carrapateena emerging as the overall winners.

Emergency services personnel from the mining industry in South Australia and New South Wales were put to the test in realistic emergency scenarios at the SA Mines Emergency Response Competition held in Whyalla City, South Australia, during the weekend of October 13-15, 2023.

This exciting event attracted a crowd of over 5,000 attendees over two action-packed days. Spectators gathered at the foreshore, marina, jetty, and CFS yard to witness seven teams competing from mines, including Olympic Dam Mine, Kanmantoo Copper Mine, Jacinth-Ambrosia Mine, Cadia Valley, Carrapateena, Prominent Hill, and SIMEC Whyalla. Furthermore, more than 50 volunteers played pivotal roles as adjudicators and simulated casualties.

The event results were:

Theory - SIMEC Mining

Industrial Rescue - Hillgrove Resources Kanmantoo

Surface Rescue - BHP Carrapateena

Fire Fighting - BHP Carrapateena

First Aid - BHP Carrapateena

Vertical Rescue - BHP Carrapateena

Road Crash Rescue - BHP Carrapateena

Team Skills - SIMEC Mining

Breathing Apparatus Search & Rescue - SIMEC Mining

Confined Space Rescue - BHP Carrapateena

Best Team Captain - Cadia Valley Operations

Chairman's Award - BHP Prominent Hill
For the team that best demonstrates the value of SAMERC's aims through training, desire to learn, seeking knowledge and feedback from adjudicators, teamwork and building relationships within the community.

Congratulations to the BHP Carrapateena team who won the overall perpetual trophy.

Thanks to our event sponsors, adjudicators, team members, casualties and volunteers that helped make the 13th annual South Australian Mines Rescue Competitions a great success.