For any kind of rescue, service providers must know the procedures used to rescue people trapped by various hazards, including fire, explosions, cave-ins, toxic gas, smoke inhalation, free-flowing solids and water entering a confined space. In short, it is a highly specialised procedure.
For over 120 years, MRS has delivered confined space rescue services – making us the most experienced, and recognised Rescue Services company in the UK. We are renowned for our expertise in working in challenging environments and delivering a high quality, value-adding service.
Our rescue teams are highly trained, competent health and safety experts, all qualified as either rescue team leaders or rescue operatives as outlined in the National Occupational Standards Mines Regulations 2014, and all having a rescue operative’s “QCF” certificate.
Our teams are trained to offer specialist rescue from heights, as well as from high risk confined spaces.
All operatives are competent to use and service open circuit breathing apparatus (OCBA). They are also trained in first aid, with added trauma training, and are competent to use specialist emergency medical equipment. For example, First Aid at Work as approved by the HSE and awarded through MP Awards (award body), and Advanced First Aid (pain relief, resuscitation, blood clotting, defibrillation, transport).
We use breathing apparatus appropriate to the risk assessment and control measures identified within. This can be either apparatus rated for 20 minutes wearing time, or the BG4 re-breather which is rated at 4 hours wearing time. As well as this, we have escape breathing apparatus from 10-minute duration through the range up to 4 hours.
When providing rescue services for our customers we would typically organise the following:
Arrange to meet with the client on-site, make an initial assessment of the work area and advise on hazards and risks. We then advise on control measures to minimise those risks to an acceptable level. We also put in place control measures for rescue should it be required.
Issue a risk assessment including first aid, safe system of work and a rescue plan.
Assess and inspect the confined space or risk area immediately prior to anyone entering and works commencing, to establish that the risk assessment remains valid and suitable on commencement of the work, and throughout the work period, or when individuals are in the confined space.
Ensure all personnel entering or working in the confined space or at height are competent and are provided with a safety briefing.
Ensure all rescue equipment used in the confined space or work at height is fit for purpose.
Monitor/record and observe all personnel entering and exiting the confined space.
Monitor the environment in the confined space and advise if any change to the risk assessment is required.
If the rescue team must perform a rescue, then the rescue plan will be implemented immediately, and a rescue will be instigated.
The rescue team will provide the liaison with other emergency services regarding casualty handover and further requirements.
Confined space rescue
Our operatives have the skills, competence and experience to provide medically trained technical rescue teams and associated equipment for confined space rescue.
Recognised within the Mines Regulations 2014 as a specialist rescue services provider, and part of the national mines rescue scheme, ensuring we manage and maintain a technical rescue and emergency response service.
Well prepared team, very helpful and professional even in the freezing cold conditions experienced.
, Briggs Marine
MRS are always helpful and professional and always work flexibly to meet our requirements.
We are continually provided with professional, confidence-inspiring service. The team have also worked hard to ensure our needs are met even when we've requested last minute support.
, Glen Turner
We used MRS as on-site rescue team in one of our investigation projects where they appeared to be very communicative, professional and helpful during the course of the site work. Strongly recommend them.
Farshid Bonakdar, RSK Group
Craig and his team go above and beyond to ensure that the task is safe and completed to the best of their ability. Always a pleasure to work with.
For over 100 years, MRS has provided its specialist skills, experience and knowledge to effect the rescue and escape of mine workers from underground. Read more about our historic heritage, and how it has impacted on our present and future, by clicking here
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