Report: APP CMHS Project 1

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3.8.2. Fire and Rescue

The fire and rescue services deal with similar situations that many underground coal mines must manage in a crisis situation. In this regard there are synergies between escape or rescue technology, decision making protocols, and emergency response systems. Many of the Australian emergency management processes have evolved from close association with fire and rescue services. This should be maintained in order to capitalise on such knowledge and developments.

The Incident Control (Command) System, as developed to combat wildfires in California in the 1960s, was the forerunner to the Australian Inter-service Incident Management System (AIIMS). The AIIMS was established primarily to coordinate the services of multiple response agencies and provide an integrated structure to manage the responses to an emergency. This system has been further adapted to the mining industry as the Mine Emergency Management System.

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