The 8th International Mines Rescue Body Conference IMRB 2017 has closed today in the city of Saint Petersburg. During a round table the participants summed up the conference and got familiar with the equipment of the Emergency Ministry’s State Fire Service University of Saint Petersburg.
“The exchange of international experience helps to ensure constant improvement of training of mine rescuers and miners, modernization of equipment and technologies,” said head of the Emergency Ministry’s Northwestern Regional Center Igor Panin. “Such conferences work for more efficient mine rescue and for reduction of accidents at mining facilities.”
Foreign delegates highly appreciated professionalism of Russian mine rescue specialists.
“I liked very much safety measures by the Russian Emergency Ministry at mining enterprises taken. Thanks to your expertise and regular drills, you have high level of training,” said Ted Henley, an employee of the Ontario Rescue Service in Canada. “I realize that a huge amount of work is behind it. Thank you for your experience and the opportunity for us to adopt some new practices.”
Later on, the mine rescue specialists examined laboratories and departments of the University, including the Mine Rescue and Explosion Protection Department which has the Mining major. One of advantages of this major is the opportunity to get practical training at training grounds at Emergency Ministry’s paramilitary mine rescue units. There students can get more familiar with the latest mining safety equipment.
The Russian Emergency Ministry is now going to start preparing for the 11th International Mine Rescue Competition due in September 2018.