Holding DEZEGA participated in the 10th IMRC 2016 held August 19-26, 2016.
The Kryvyi Rig State Militarized Rescue Squad represented Ukraine at this year’s IMRC. Twenty-seven teams representing 13 nations participated in the world championship competition held in Sudbury, Canada.
International competitions are a unique opportunity for mine rescue team members from different nations to meet their peers, improve mine rescue skills, exchange technical and organizational knowledge, and share practical experiences. The entire competition was held in real mines that are currently used only for training.
The teams competed in different events including an underground scenario, firefighting, first aid, high angle rope rescue, theory and technician. Teams from Russia and Ukraine were the only ones with members who work full-time on mine rescue teams. Almost all other countries were represented by volunteers (i.e., miners who periodically undertake training for emergencies).
We supported and cheered the teams from Krivyi Rig and from Russia. They performed well in the technician stage, showing an excellent knowledge of equipment, but both teams had some difficulties with theory due to a language barrier.
The Canadian team was the overall winner. The Irish and Polish teams took 2nd and the 3rd places. You can find detailed information about the winners on the official IMRC 2016 website.
DEZEGA Holding has a rich history of participating in the International Mines Rescue Competition. September 9-14, 2012, Ukraine hosted the 8th IMRC, where DEZEGA was one of the organizers and the host of the event. PJSC DZGA, which belongs to DEZEGA, was the supplier of equipment for IMRC 2012. Holding DEZEGA sponsored the Competition.
The next IMRC will be held in Russia in 2018 and will be organized by the Ministry of Emergency Affairs. The Competition promises to be interesting and exciting.
The International Mines Rescue Competition is a biennial event originally created in 1998. It was organized at Poland’s suggestion in the aftermath of a mining tragedy which claimed the lives of six miners.