Underground mine rescue comp starts

THE 31st annual Newcastle underground Mines Rescue competition started at 6am on Friday with a text message to more than 130 Newcastle mining brigadesmen, advising them to attend a local simulated underground incident.

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The Newcastle underground Mines Rescue competition began Friday, with teams for the first time alerted by text message.

This is the first time the new emergency activation system has been used to deploy mines rescue teams, mines rescue state operations manager Steve Tonegato said.