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The original objectives of the project were to research and report on the following:
- current and proposed strategies of emergency evacuation and mines rescue techniques;
- current and proposed technologies in support of these techniques, with particular emphasis on NIOSH;
- currently available commercial products;
- the increasing impacts of Duty of Care obligations as they impact on the ability of mine operators to provide surface-based aided rescue; and
- the degree to which the comprehensive recommendations of the Moura No 2 Task Groups have been implemented.
During the course of the project it was agreed to re-define the project with two key objectives:
- compile a list of current technologies that support emergency management; and
- identify emerging technologies that could prove useful in emergency response.
A report on the outcomes of the above research for use by ACARP in determining possible future ACARP funding priorities including:
- a database of current emergency response strategies and philosophies around the world;
- a comprehensive list of current technologies developed to support emergency management in the coal industry;
- a list of emergent technologies currently under development in support of emergency response strategies;
- identification of those areas and/or techniques called for by the comprehensive work of the Moura No 2 Task Groups which have yet to be realised; and
- identify those areas and/or technologies that would benefit from future funding to enhance current emergency preparedness and response capabilities.