Contracts to help Rio Tinto miners breathe easier

RFD Australia, in partnership with Fire Rescue Safety Australia, has been awarded two contracts with Rio Tinto for its KME and Kestrel underground mines.
Contracts to help Rio Tinto miners breathe easier Contracts to help Rio Tinto miners breathe easier Contracts to help Rio Tinto miners breathe easier Contracts to help Rio Tinto miners breathe easier Contracts to help Rio Tinto miners breathe easier

The Kestrel longwall.

Staff Reporter

Under the contract the RFD/FRSA partnership will supply all breathing air requirements for those sites. That includes breathing apparatus, storage/response cabinets, quick fill stations, breathing air filling system and supporting test equipment.

RFD will manufacture the compressed air breathing apparatus storage & response stations and quick fill stations at its Sydney facility.

The CABASS and QFS are used in tandem underground close to the workface. They provide breathing air capability to miners who need to quickly respond to an underground situation or evacuate the mine.

In the event of an underground incident where air quality deteriorates, a miner simply removes a BA from the storage station, straps on the unit and begins breathing quality air through the face mask.

To support evacuation, QFSs are deployed throughout the workings and exit passageways.

These allow miners to stop and rapidly refill their BA sets via a special quick connect coupling that links the set to the QFS.

RFD general manager – sales Martin Dowling said this technology was the safest and most effective, offering a superior alternative to self-rescuers.

The CABASS and QFS have been designed and developed locally.

The RFD CABASS can hold between six and 40 BA units and has the option of including breathing air for top-up or response purposes.

The RFD QFS has the capacity to recharge up to 70 BA sets with each BA charge delivering about one hour of breathing time.

“In addition to the CABASS and QFS units, we are also supplying the breathing air filling system, training equipment and essential training on equipment usage and maintenance as a part of the supply contract,” Dowling said.

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