Categories : Health & Safety
First Quantum Minerals Ltd. has grown from a small mineral operation in Zambia into a multinational mining business in less than two decades, with a global portfolio of copper and nickel assets in Europe, Africa, Australia and South America.
This phenomenal growth is down to FQM people who have strived to be Bolder, Smarter and Driven in everything they do.
In March 2013, First Quantum Minerals acquired Inmet Mining Corporation, a Canadian-based mining company primarily producing copper and zinc from mines in Finland, Spain and Turkey, with also a major copper deposit under development in Panama, known as Cobre Panama.
The combination of the First Quantum and Inmet assets has created one of the world’s leading copper producers with a geographically diversified portfolio of high-
quality operations and development projects in eight countries across five continents.
With a strategic plan to produce more than 1 million tonnes per annum of copper within five years, the Company is poised to become the largest, widely-
held pure-play copper producer and one of the top five copper producers in the world.
Responsibilities : Management
o Manage all ERT / Fire Crews On allocated shifts.
o Maintain Emergency Response Equipment including Fixed Fire protection, First Aid, communication, Emergency vehicles and Rescue Equipment inline with a plan preventative maintenance.
o Devise equipment functionality check schedules according to inventories and implement a check register.
o Provide accurate and detailed weekly and monthly reports.
o Prepare and support annual budget for Operations and investment on New Equipment and tools for effective response of ERT.
o Prepare monthly duty rosters ensure sufficient site coverage of emergency personnel to respond to identified risk events.
o Respond to and management all emergency incidents during normal working hours and when requested to do so by management or security control after normal working hours.
o Make recommendations to the improved efficiency of the emergency team.
Planning and preparation
o Establish and maintain a register of possible emergency scenarios for the site and ensure the teams are equipped and trained to respond.
o Maintain emergency preparedness and response procedures for fire, hazchem spills, & handling.
o Ensure established company Emergency Response practices and procedures are upheld.
o Development, implementation and Review of Emergency Response and fire operating procedures including the sites Emergency Response Plan.
o Implement evacuation drill programs to ensure evacuations are conducted safety and efficiently.
Training and simulations
o Identify and conduct professional and proactive emergency response training
o Develop the ERT to ensure knowledge and skills gaps are bridged and the team has the competence to respond to emergencies.
o Conduct quarterly skills assessments to monitor competencies of all ERT members.
o Prepare Training programme on a monthly basis and report progress.
o Undertake incident simulations and preparedness drills inline with the likely event scenarios.
o Conduct basic firefighting training for all employees on site.
o Develop a program of training and development of volunteer brigades to support the rescue teams in the event of an emergency.
o Maintenance of high standard of fitness and emergency readiness in the Emergency Response teams.
Fire prevention and inspections
o Plan and maintain records of all fire prevention inspections accross the Cobre Panama mine, port, Process and power plant areas.
o Undertake Fire risk assessments before commencement of works and as required.
o Update all fire inspection records and procedures on the site.
o Ensure all regular fire inspections across the site are done within the scope of NFPA guidelines
o Maintain and record all fire extinguisher on site, including the follow up of Annual o Inspection and required HT according to regulations in a register.
o Track and support all hot works and confined space working and other high-risk areas requiring fire or rescue cover.
o Support the Safety Training team to develop and provide a confined space course to deliver to site personnel.
o Advise the Safety Team on all legislative requirements pertaining to signage, emergency procedures and evacuation diagrams in line with NFPA and Occupational Health and Safety standards.
Qualifications and Experience Requirements
o Grade 12 or "O" level or equivalent certificate / passed Fire Service Statutory Examinations Leading Fire-Fighter or Sub / Officers.
Having completed Fire Prevention and Breathing Apparatus courses.
o Certificare in Safety Management - CIEH
o Industrial fire-fighting experience is essential
o Advanced First Aid / Basic Life Support Certificates.
o Holder of minimum Class C drivers Licence.
o A minimum of 5-8 years post qualification experience.
o A minimum of 3 years in a management or Fire Officer position.
o Preferred minimum 3 years experience in the mining industry.
o Able to command and control Emergency Response teams.
o Experience in Fire ground / Rescue Operation Procedures.
o Experience in Emergency Management and disaster Preparedness.
o Be Computer literate with good command of both oral and written English and Spanish.
o Basic training and knowledge on Emergency Responde for Radiological incident.
o Qualified on NFPA regulations applicable in National Regulations for Public Building and Industrial installations.