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Underground Rescue: Equipped for Every Emergency

Every mine is different and yet they all have one thing in common: if an emergency occurs, the goal is to get everyone to safety quickly. Mining rescue plans depends on a variety of factors including whether the site involves an open-pit mine, above or underground rescue, metal/non-metal mines. The mining rescue equipment and solutions you use will be as unique as your own mine.

Emergency Escape

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Safe escape plan in an emergency

Within the scope of the risk assessment, the specific risks associated with a particular method of mining and the type of resource mined must be analyzed. This assessment forms the basis for the escape and rescue concepts to be used in the mine.

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Effective Escape and Emergency Response Planning

Every mine has its own design – and, because of this, needs its own, unique emergency response plan. Spacial and technical considerations are taken into account such as: the mining methods and products, length and character of rescue routes, location of escape shafts, etc. All of these factors influence the concrete plans, measures, equipment and training required. However, rescue plans are ever evolving and must be constantly adapted to new developments in and around the mine.

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Solutions for escape and rescue concepts in the mining industry

Application and functionality of Draeger Oxy 3000/6000

Application and functionality of Dräger Oxy 3000 / 6000

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Dräger Mine Refuge Chamber Solutions

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Emergency management at your side
Emergency management at your side

We invest in training and equipment. It pays off when something goes wrong.

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Getting out safely – our escape solutions
Getting out safely our escape solutions

At Dräger, we know that sudden and fully unplanned situations with hazardous substances can occur within seconds and that no escape scenario is the same.

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Panic – or cool, calm and collected?
Panic or cool calm and collected

Three myths about human behaviour during emergencies

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Mine Refuge Chamber Solutions

Two chamber concepts, various opportunities, one goal: Maximum safety. Dräger has decades of experience in the development of refuge chambers and have built them specifically to meet all safety and mine requirements, and local standards.

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Rescue Chambers FAQ

In case of an emergency in an underground mine, the escape way to the surface or a meeting point might be blocked or the conditions underground too difficult to initially escape. Refuge chambers provide mine workers access to clean air and temporary protection until they can be rescued. This list of FAQs offers a few facts to consider when incorporating refuge chambers in your emergency response plan.

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Emergency Response

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Emergency response and mines rescue

When an alarm goes off, everything runs at top speed: from the search for source of the alarm to the communication with the emergency control center. Safety management must quickly decide what options within the mine emergency plan are viable and, if necessary what escape or rescue measures for effected mine workers should be taken. High levels of knowledge and experience are needed, as well as the optimal provision of reliable safety and rescue equipment.

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Deep Mining

Mines change and evolve. They become longer and deeper, more complex. These changes need to taken into account, when engineering new processes but it is also a challenge for mines rescue teams. In case of a mine emergency, they gain an overview of the situation, evaluate potential risks, examine different scenarios and then decide – based on the specific mine emergency response plan – on the optimal rescue mission.

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Deep, deeper, deepest

The international trend of “deep mining” continues: Increasingly deeper seams are being mined, with the result that escape and rescue routes are becoming longer.

This has implications for the mine emergency response concept: Strategic planning of fresh air stations, refill stations for breathing air and refuge chambers are becoming more important. It is obvious that: Mines rescue teams have to travel longer distances to reach the incident site with only a limited amount of time available.

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Challenges of Mines Rescue in Expanding Mine Operations
Challenges of mines rescue in expanding mine operations

Success begins with getting rescue teams to the action quickly and safely. As mining operations develop, the underground workings extend farther from the shaft or portal, and become more complex as they continue to expand. Travel distances and time increase.

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Portrait: No Fear of Great Depths
Portrait no fear of great depths kent armstrong

Kent Armstrong, Global Business Development Manager of Mining, is something of an institution in this industry. He has been working in the mining industry for 42 years.

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MRV 9000

Mines Rescue Vehicle - Dräger MRV 9000

The Dräger MRV 9000 is the answer in an ever-changing mining environment. Innovative and customer driven – this Mine Rescue Vehicle is a unique solution in the field of mines rescue worldwide.

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Mine Safety Solutions

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Mining Safety Equipment

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