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Mine Emergency Response and Rescue (Surface)

“Couldn’t fault the structure of the week. Trainer very accessible, approachable and accommodating.”
—Trent Lamont, Operator, Ravensworth Open Cut

Course Overview

The Certificate III in Mine Emergency Response and Rescue (surface stream) offered by Mines Rescue is designed for individuals who wish to gain the skills and knowledge to effectively participate as a surface mine rescue emergency response team member.

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will gain skills and knowledge in:

  • Mines rescue techniques and procedures
  • Preparing and using rescue equipment
  • Operating open circuit breathing apparatus
  • Fire team operations/fight or contain external fires
  • Risk management
  • Confined space rescue
  • Road crash rescue
  • Vertical rescue
  • Safe work practices
  • Hazmat
Learning outcomes

This course has been divided into the following three levels to cater for the different skill requirements of emergency response teams. Upon successful completion of each level, participants will be awarded a Statement of Attainment for the units outlined below.

Level one: Surface Rescue Induction—Provides participants with the skills and knowledge to effectively participate in a general surface mine rescue emergency response team, responding to fire, using breathing apparatus and operating safely.

Level two: Provides participants with an additional skills set to perform vertical rescues and road crash rescues.

Level three: Provides participants with an additional skills set to perform rescues in confined space environments and incident containment tactics.

Upon successful completion of all levels participants will be issued with the (RII30715) Certificate III in Mine Emergency Response and Rescue qualification.

Level 1 (48 hours*)
  • RIICOM201D Communicate in the workplace
  • RIIWHS201D Work safely and follow WHS policies and procedures
  • RIIRIS201D Conduct local risk control
  • RIIGOV201D Comply with site work processes/procedures
  • PMAOHS211B Prepare equipment for emergency response
  • PUAFIR207B Operate breathing apparatus open circuit
  • RIIERR201D Conduct fire team operations
  • PUAFIR215 Prevent injury
  • PUASAR022A Participate in rescue operations
Level 2 (80 hours*)
  • PUASAR032A Undertake vertical rescue†
  • PUASAR024A Undertake road crash rescue†
Level 3 (16 hours*)
  • PUAFIR316 Identify, detect and monitor hazardous materials at an incident
  • PUAFIR320 Render hazardous materials incidents safe
  • PUASAR025A Undertake confined space rescue
  • RIIERR302D Respond to local emergencies and incidents
  • RIIRIS301D Apply risk management processes

Course pre-requisite
Provide first aid †                         

*Please note hours are indicative only.
†Denotes courses that are also delivered as standalone programs.

Entry requirements

Participants must hold a current First Aid certificate to enter this course.

Mines Rescue also encourages participants to gain knowledge and experience of the policies and procedures of their workplace before starting the course. It is also an expectation that participants have experience working in a surface coal mine environment.

It is acknowledged that this is a course based on a Certificate III level qualification that requires appropriate levels of language, literacy and numeracy skills to manage course work, in-course activities and assessment tasks.

Further information

Please refer to the Mines Rescue Participant Handbook located on our website for relevant policy information, including Payment Terms and Conditions and Refund and Fees Policy.

If you believe you already hold some or all of the skills, knowledge and/or experience for this course, you may be eligible to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). You are encouraged to refer to our Participant Handbook and RPL/CT Handbook for Applicants and speak with Mines Rescue prior to commencing training.

For any further information please contact your local Mines Rescue station.

Please click here to download the complete course outline, including units of competency and prerequisites.



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