Students from Germany, Austria and Croatia rehearse rescue in research and training mine

Group photo in front of the research and training mine
As part of the MINERS (Mine Emergency Response School) project, 26 international students took part in a workshop at the research and training mine "Reiche Zeche" of the Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg.

The workshop lasted until 28 June and included not only theoretical but also practical exercises underground. The participants visited the mine twice a day and received practical training as a mine rescue team. In addition to searching for and rescuing injured persons, the programme also included active and passive fire fighting and securing underground cavities. One focus of the training was also on imparting the skills necessary for mine rescue in the areas of team dynamics and communication.

"The research and training mine offers unique conditions throughout Europe in the field of student training and further education. As part of the MINERS project, we can now also offer these opportunities to students from our partner universities and thus pass on our many years of experience in student mine rescue training at an international level," explains Prof. Helmut Mischo, head of the project team at TU Bergakademie Freiberg.

The international students of the various underground fire brigades tested their acquired knowledge for the first time in a European underground fire brigade course at the TU Freiberg. "The exercise went extremely well, everyone was motivated and in a good mood. The students were able to show what they had learnt in the one-week preparation with lectures and internships and were able to successfully master all the exercise goals at the end", Wilhelm Schön is pleased to say. The former head of the central mine rescue service in Austria accompanies the exercise as senior leader.

The project is supported by the EIT RawMaterials. Together with the Montanuniversität Leoben as project leader, the TU Bergakademie Freiberg, the University of Zagreb and Trinity College in Dublin are project partners. The exercise in Freiberg took place in cooperation with the AG Grubenwehr, GSES mbH, the headquarters for mine rescue in Leipzig (BGRCI) and Wismut GmbH. The first workshop of the project took place already in March in Zagreb. The MINERS project ends with a workshop in Leoben in October.

Further information is available at: https://eitrawmaterials.eu/course/miners/

Contact person: Prof. Dr. Helmut Mischo, Phone: +49 3731/39-2044

Impressions:

The international students in rescue gear underground
The international students in rescue gear underground
The international students in rescue gear underground
The international students in rescue gear underground
The international students in rescue gear underground
The international students in rescue gear underground