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By J. BLUNT, C.Eng. F.I.Min.E.

General Manager of Rescue Stations, NCB
Reprinted from 'Colliery Guardian Annual Review', August 1975

In 1957, an important step forward was made with regard to the qualifications of Rescue Station Officers and Instructors. Previously, officers had been recruited from experienced brigadesmen, but no technical qualifications were necessary. It was decided that officers and instructors would have to hold the Rescue Station Officers' Certificate, which would be obtained by passing an examination consisting of General Mining and Mines Rescue papers, followed by oral and practical tests, including a gallery test. The examination is conducted by the Institution of Mining Engineers and is of a very high standard.

The examination was welcomed by the Rescue Service and, although service certificates were given to those officers already in post, most of them took the examination; 115 candidates have so far passed the examination. The introduction of the examination necessitated training schemes for intending candidates and appropriate courses are organised by the NCB in conjunction with technical colleges.

The senior managers in the service are all qualified mining engineers with considerable experience in the industry, mostly in colliery management or specialist associated activities.

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