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Mine rescuers from all over the world will meet in Ostrava

Ostrava (28 August 2009) –  In the period of 20 – 24 September 2009, the Ostrava Region will be a venue of the biggest and most significant world conference dedicated to the mine rescue work - 4th International Conference of the International Mines Rescue Body (IMRB).  For five days, the Region will thus  become a  home for 107 delegates from 20 countries. The prestigious event with this focus, which will be organized by OKD, HBZS, a subsidiary company of OKD, a hard coal mining company, will be held in the Czech Republic for the first time ever.


The conference is an open forum for an international exchange of experience among the mine rescue experts. It will particularly be attended by the mine rescuers, mine safety specialists, personnel of research institutes, universities and coal, copper and other raw material mining companies. The main topic of the conference will be “Effective Rescue Actions in Mine”, and the conference will also discuss the mining accident recently occurred in Handlová, Slovakia, as well as the methods to prevent similar situations.


“The mine rescue service is an integral part of the mining activity, which is sometimes, even in spite of all possible preventive measures and strict safety regulations, accompanied by emergencies and accidents, not only in our country, but all over the world. The international conference of mine rescue services is a unique opportunity for all experts in the mine rescue area to exchange their experience in solving and liquidating emergencies and accidents,” said Václav Pošta, Director of OKD, HBZS, a. s., and also the chief organizer of the conference.


The conference itself will take place in the picturesque environment of the Červený zámek Hotel (Red Chateau Hotel) in Hradec nad Moravicí. A rich accompanying programme will be prepared for the delegates during their one-week stay in the Czech Republic. They will go down one of the OKD Mines, and will also visit the Main Mine Rescue Station and the Mining Museum in Ostrava-Petřkovice. Within the programme, they will also attend a special performance prepared for the rescue symposium in the Silesian Theatre in Opava. After they spend five days in the Moravian-Silesian Region, the participants will move to Prague for sightseeing tour and evening cruise along the Vltava River.


“We believe that the conference will bring its participants a lot of suggestions regarding their responsible and demanding work in the mine rescue area and that the delegates from the individual countries will also bring home a lot of pleasant memories from the accompanying social and cultural programmes,” added Pošta.


Notes for Editors:


International Mine Rescue Body

The International Mine Rescue Body (IMRB) is an organization founded in 2001 for the purpose of an international exchange of experience. It associates mine rescuers from the countries with developed mining industries throughout the world. HBZS (= Main Mine Rescue Service), a company based in Ostrava, ranks among the founder members.


OKD, HBZS, a. s.

OKD, HBZS, a. s. (“HBZS”) is a subsidiary company of OKD, a. s., a hard coal mining company. The key mission of HBZS is to provide mine rescue services. In OKD, they are in charge of personnel protective equipment and technical aids for miners. At present, they are replacing working clothes, working boots, self-rescuers and mine lamps used so far. In all the mines, the detection, indication and other equipment and aids are being replaced by state-of-the-art equipment available in the world market.


The mine rescue service is an integral part of the mining activity. Its position and tasks are set forth in the Mining Act and related regulations.


Ing. Zuzana Koláriková


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