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Fire response preparedness for underground mines.

Authors
Conti-RS; Chasko-LL; Wiehagen-WJ; Lazzara-CP
Source
FS World: Fire Saf Mag 2006 Spring; :6-24
NIOSHTIC No.
20029939
Abstract
Fire has long been a concern for underground mine workers. A mine fire can occur at any time and can result in a partial or total evacuation of mine personnel and the loss of lives. Fires can grow rapidly. Time is the critical element. Prompt detection, timely and accurate warnings to those potentially affected, and a proficient response by underground miners can have a tremendous impact on the social and economic consequence of a small underground fire. Fire preparedness and response have components of technology and people. These components can work synergistically to reduce the time it takes to bring the system back in balance. This report deals with the preparedness of miners to respond to underground mine fires. It is intended to aid the mining industry in understanding the various roles of emergency responders and the training techniques used to increase their skill levels. The report also presents a technology overview to assist in effective response to mine fires.
Keywords
Underground-mining; Mining-industry; Mine-workers; Fire-hazards; Disaster-prevention; Emergency-response; Miners; Underground-miners; Emergency-responders; Training; Safety-research; Coal-mining; Metal-mining; Nonmetal-mining; Gold-mines; Rescue-measures; Rescue-workers; Fire-prevention; Hazards; Warning-systems; Escape-systems; Fire-fighting; Self-contained-self-rescuers; Fire-safety; Self-contained-breathing-apparatus; Simulation-methods
Contact
NIOSH Pittsburgh Research Laboratory, P.O. Box 18070, Pittsburgh, PA 15236
CAS No.
630-08-0
Publication Date
20060301
Document Type
Newsletter
Fiscal Year
2006
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
Spring
NIOSH Division
PRL
Source Name
FS World: Fire & Safety Magazine
State
PA; WV; VA; KY; UT; SD
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