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Virtual Fire Fun

Fire Safety:
Virtual Fire Fun

Learning fire safety and having fun along the way.
Macmahon Fire Safety

Mine sites are inherently risky. Many of our sites are located in Australia’s hot climate where we operate heavy machinery, manage and utilise explosives, and require a variety of flammable liquids and chemicals to maintain our equipment to the highest order. So fire safety needs always to be front of mind.

At Macmahon, we’re constantly aware of fire danger. We train all employees on fire awareness and provide an interactive learning experience through our training academies for employees that are new to the industry.

Macmahon Fire Safety
The practical component of our training for new to industry personnel involves state-of-the-art virtual simulation to give people an idea of what it would feel like to be faced with a fire and show them how to respond safely.

A specialised LED screen projects fire simulations and students extinguish the “fire” with an infra-red targeting system – a real 9kg extinguisher retrofitted for IR purposes, to replicate actual firefighting techniques.

The training approaches we use through the training academies have multiple benefits. They adhere to airport commission regulations around naked flames, lowering the risk of fire. They reduce the risk of injury to people and utilise renewable training aids allowing us to reduce our carbon footprint as part of our commitment to sustainable work practices.

Additionally, we participate collaboratively with our clients for onsite training. Silverlake Resources recently ran a fire extinguisher refresher course at Deflector Underground Mine in WA. The trainer demonstrated various fire extinguishers and how to use them on different fires in a controlled environment. Everyone received certification on completion.

Aside from the necessity of fire safety awareness in the workplace and learning new skills, fire training is a great team-building exercise. The team shared many laughs while extinguishing the “flames” and enjoyed getting together to work towards a common goal.

Macmahon Fire Safety