COOL CONTEST: Reserve team member Geoff Dyball, with team members Chris Catip and Brendan Iddles, are part of the Kestrel Mines Team competing in Poland.
COOL CONTEST: Reserve team member Geoff Dyball, with team members Chris Catip and Brendan Iddles, are part of the Kestrel Mines Team competing in Poland. Contributed

Best rescue teams wrestle with language barrier

THE language barrier and Polish guidelines are two hurdles our region's mine rescue teams have to overcome.

Rio Tinto's Kestrel and Glencore's Oakey North safety teams are in Poland for the International Mines Rescue competition beginning today.

Queensland Mines Rescue Service district assessor Ray Smith said more than 20 countries were involved.

"The boys that are going over are taking it pretty seriously," he said.

There is a big theory component which makes up a large part of the competition.

Mr Smith said sometimes the translation of information into English could make things difficult for the two Queensland teams.

"They've got to learn Poland's guidelines and their procedures," he said.

Kestrel Mines rescue team captain Derrin Powell said the team was excited to go up against some of the world's top rescue teams.

The teams were chosen to compete after winning the last two national titles.


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