Exposition of mining rescue service
The exposition of mining rescue services at Landek is the largest of its kind in the world. It makes a presentation of a highly demanding and hazardous activity without which underground work would not be possible, and of technology which enables the rescuers to operate in an environment that in some respects is even more hostile than outer space or the depths of the ocean.
Visitors can see an actual mining rescue base, respiratory and resuscitation apparatuses. Some of the exhibited devices represent collectors‘ unique specimens of international significance. The oldest preserved respiratory apparatuses come from 1884; for example the Siebe-Gorman heavy diving kit from 1920, in perfect condition, is the subject of constant interest of experts as well as lovers of the history of diving and old technology in general. There is more than just history - the exposition maps the development of modern respiratory and rescuing technology. Also present are explosion-proof dams and other technology increasing the safety of underground work.
One of the attractive and rather adrenalin-inducing opportunities available to visitors is the possibility to try out rescue training on a rescue polygon. It simulates conditions which can be faced by the members of rescue teams in real life: stifling environment, darkness, heat, noise, confined space...
This is not a mere museum exposition but also a memorial for the rescue workers who died in action, in the moments when they were trying to save their fellow men. The memorial plaque with the names of the 101 members of the mining rescue service was designed by the famous artist Kurt Gebauer. The memorial hall also houses ceremonial events related to mining rescue service, for example decoration of distinguished rescuers.
Content overview of the mining rescue exposition
- mining rescue base
- explosion-proof dams in galleries with steel and wooden frames
- respiratory and resuscitation technology from the oldest preserved apparatus from 1884 to 1942
- respiratory, resuscitation and diving technology after 1942
- memorial room of rescuers who died in action
- training rescue polygon (smoke-box), where conditions of various kinds of mine workings are simulated