Guest contribution – We are the mine rescue brigade

In this article the mining rescue brigade introduces itself.


Today we take over the K+S Blog and introduce ourselves. The idea came after the signing of the cooperation agreement on 10 January 2019 at the ORTE (Company Contact Fair) at the TU Bergakademie Freiberg. There we set ourselves the goal to write a guest article on the other blog and now it is finally time.

But now to us: Although we both share the abbreviation "AG", for us this has a different meaning: We, the mine rescue brigade, are a student working group within the Student Council (StuRa) at the Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg in Saxony. The members of this working group are employees and students of various semesters and fields of study, including (mostly) mining, but also e.g. geology, mechanical engineering/processing technology or subjects with a background in business administration.

What is a mine rescue brigade?


In general, a mine rescue brigade is the combination of fire brigade and rescue service in raw material-producing companies. This voluntary association of employees receives special additional training in order to be able to react to different scenarios. The mine rescue brigade is alerted when special events occur that can only be solved with special equipment or experience. These events include, for example, finding missing persons, fighting fires underground or caring for injured persons. The underground fire brigade was founded in April 2017 and since then the number of committed members has grown. At the moment we have about 30 members. The board consists of the students Alfred Geers, Robin Heringer and Tim Nagerski. The main objective of the working group can be described as learning, deepening and applying elementary basics in mine rescue, such as the division of tasks in the mine rescue team or radio discipline. In this way we want to prepare and train ourselves in the best possible way for possible events and extreme situations in later working life.

What exactly is the potential of the cooperation?


In the future, existing connections can be further strengthened through joint cooperation. For us students it means overcoming a special hurdle, because the cooperation includes the execution of a limited number of G26-3 investigations. This medical check, which enables people to wear respiratory protection at all, was often not carried out by most members.


The G26-3 inspection can further increase the work spectrum and the attractiveness of the working group as well as significantly advance our capabilities and clout. Although the installation of closed-circuit breathing apparatus is only permitted under the supervision of a senior manager and the supervision of the institute, the AG Grubenwehr now very often lays the foundation for further concepts in student training in mine rescue. These training concepts have been developed in recent years at the TU Bergakademie Freiberg with the participation of various mine rescue services and the Institute for Raw Materials Mining and Special Underground Processes under the direction of Prof. Dr. Helmut Mischo.


In addition, as a working group we hope that we will attract positive attention for K+S through our voluntary training and our commitment, e.g. in internships, or that we will be able to make a contribution to K+S in the form of a thesis. In this connection, the change from K+S to higher education and vice versa is not unusual. For example, some mining technologists complete a course after completing their training, or students begin a traineeship at the company after graduating. In both cases, the working group offers a platform for exchanging ideas and keeping up to date with current events and opportunities.


We thank you for your support!

Many thanks to the mine rescue brigade for this exciting and interesting contribution.
We are looking forward to working with you! 

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