Mining Publication: Responders to Underground Mine Fires
Fire is a major concern for those who work in underground mines. A mine fire can occur at anytime and often results in a partial or total evacuation of mine personnel and could result in the loss of lives. Therefore, having a workforce that is well trained to prevent, detect, and fight a fire is important. This paper focuses on responders' preparedness for fire. Responders in this context are considered the entire workforce and are categorized as first, second, and sustained responders and evacuating miners. Quality training enhances ones awareness of mine fire hazards and promotes self-confidence in combating fires and responding to emergencies. Early warning systems and other escapeway aids such as a through-the-earth signaling and communication system, lasers and strobe lights are also addressed. The technological advancements that have been made can improve the state-of-preparedness for responders to underground emergencies and increase the chances of survival for escaping personnel.