Challenges of mine rescue in expanding mine operations

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Conference Proceedings
Emergency Preparedness
Although mines have now reached depths of several kilometres and their dimensions and complexity are of an entire city, mine rescue must still be able to reach the most remote areas within the mine in a swift and safe manner. Alternative methods must be explored to extend the time under oxygen for mine rescue teams without putting additional stress on the team members. To address this global trend, Dräger, Goldcorp and Paus have partnered to develop a mine rescue vehicle that allows mines rescue teams to travel for an extended period of time in a contaminated atmosphere without the use of their breathing apparatus, thus extending the range of their mission.