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Fire safety trainer sets sights on Bowen Basin

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Wormald first became a registered training organisation in Queensland in 1995 and since then has provided portable fire system training at a number of coal mines in south east Queensland.

Now the company is looking to extend its training services into mines in the state’s coal-rich Bowen Basin.

In its first Bowen Basin assignment, the company’s Brisbane office has trained over 300 mine site personnel, including administrative staff, in the use of portable fire fighting equipment at a mine site near Mackay.

Wormald Brisbane office head trainer Greg Voss tells Australian Mining that the company’s mining clients are after emergency response skills such as fire extinguisher training, specialised mobile plant fire suppression system training, fire response team training and self contained breathing apparatus training.

In addition to these areas, Wormald provides emergency control organisation training (warden), evacuation exercises, confined space training and computer room training.

All training is carried out in accordance with Australian Standards AS 3745-2002 Amendment 1 or 4083-1997 and procedures are designed to suit specific industry and building requirements. “Fire response team training is specific to the site and depends on the equipment, whether it is lay flat hoses, fire pumps or whatever,” Voss says.

“The training we provide relates to the equipment provided, so as a new piece of equipment is adopted the training is tailored to the end user’s work environment,” he says.

Because fire equipment used in Australia must comply with Australian design standards, Wormald’s training courses cross over to other brands.

“We provide half-day training on portable fire extinguishers and follow up courses. It is not a set and forget process, do it once and remember it; this is because things change, extinguishing agents change, methods of use change and people forget. Every site has slightly different contingencies to deal with,” Voss says.

In Queensland there is a requirement for instruction every 12 months across all industries.

The company’s emergency evacuation procedures and training teaches staff to respond to emergencies such as fire, bomb threats and explosions, floods, gas leaks and earthquakes.

Voss says Wormald’s fire safety training department provides courses for almost 200 companies around Australia each year and can respond to mining industry training needs with experienced trainers working out of all capital cities and major regional areas.

In addition to training, Wormald supplies mines with fire protection equipment that ranges from purpose-designed suppression systems for fixed and mobile plant, dual agent first response fire fighting demountable skids, through to lay flat hoses and portable fire extinguishers.

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