This team portal is a starting point to assist with your team’s preparations for the MERC. Here you will find information on key dates and essential documents to support your participation in the competition.
Your involvement is integral to the success of this event and we sincerely thank you for your support. The MERC provides world class emergency rescue training and skill building opportunities for volunteer mines rescue teams and 2022 marks it’s twelfth year!
The role of our sponsors can not be underestimated in the success of the MERC and we acknowledge and thank our network of sponsors for their ongoing support.
Northern Star Resources – Goldfields
Region Mutual Aid
Rio Tinto Pilbara
Rio Tinto Supply Chain & Services
Rio Tinto West Pilbara
South 32 Worsley Alumina
Tropicana Gold Mine
We are encouraging teams to actively fundraise for the Blue Tree Project, before and during the MERC. Host a fundraising event or activity at your workplace to raise funds and awareness of Blue Tree Project’s mission to help spark difficult conversations and encourage people to speak up when battling mental health concerns.
Whether it’s a morning tea, BBQ lunch or Friday social there are loads of ideas to suit your workplace to help make your fundraising a success!
MERC will use your team photo to set up your Team page on the MERC Community Impact Portal with Benevity.
The MERC is comprised of seven scenarios that are set up to simulate a real emergency and each scenario should be treated as such. The scenarios that are assessed include first aid, HAZMAT, confined space, fire fighting, vertical rescue, road crash rescue, ERT and hazard and risk.
Team Composition & Staging
The overall team consists of seven team members and a team manager. Each event will only require six team members, with the seventh member (reserve) observing. The competing team consists of six team members who are to muster at the event start point as a team prepared to respond to an emergency. This will mean dressed in appropriate PPE with the required equipment, except for that which is supplied at the event.
MERC will be holding skill stations as compulsory attendance training modules of the competition. These skill stations will be factored into each team’s timetable over the weekend. Teams will be notified if specific PPE is required.
Please note that each team is required to supply their own equipment for each of the seven events. If your team is unable to supply equipment, please advise the MERC Committee via email to firstname.lastname@example.org before 23 September.
PPE & Equipment Lists
Please ensure all PPE and equipment is in date, and meets Australian Standards, as it will be audited at MERC for compliance.
MERC is a free event, open to the public. Family and friends are encouraged to attend the competition and observe events. Observers must stay behind the fenced areas and under no circumstances enter the secure scenario areas. Please inform family and friends of these regulations.
MERC will have an interactive display area, a mini expo and a dedicated kids’ area.
Please advise family and friends to come dressed for the outdoor event with hats, sunscreen and sunglasses. Scenarios will have stadium type seating available for watching the action.