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Fire response preparedness for underground mines.
Conti RS; Chasko LL; Wiehagen WJ; Lazzara CP
FS World: Fire Saf Mag 2006 Spring; :6-24
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.
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
NIOSH Pittsburgh Research Laboratory, P.O. Box 18070, Pittsburgh, PA 15236
Issue of Publication
FS World: Fire & Safety Magazine
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