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Area teams take part in District Mine Rescue Competitions

The competitions take place May 10 to 12 at the Archie Dillion Sportsplex
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Timmins and Kirkland Lake districts Mine Rescue teams to compete

Mine rescue teams in seven districts across Ontario, including Timmins and Kirkland Lake districts, will test their emergency response knowledge and skills in District Mine Rescue Competitions May 10 to 12.

Six teams and equipment technicians from the Timmins and Kirkland Lake districts will compete at the Archie Dillion Sportsplex in Timmins.

Representing Timmins District:

  • Glencore Kidd Operations
  • Goldcorp Porcupine Gold Mines
  • Tahoe Canada

Representing Kirkland Lake District:

  • Kirkland Lake Gold Macassa Mine
  • Kirkland Lake Gold North Complex
  • Alamos Gold Young-Davidson Mine

The competition organized by Ontario Mine Rescue, a part of Workplace Safety North, will test the teams’ knowledge, firefighting skills, first aid response, use of emergency equipment and decision-making ability under stress in a simulated underground emergency.

The public and media are welcome to attend district and provincial competitions to give communities a chance to see highly trained volunteers in action. Other competitions will take place in:

  • Sudbury and Onaping districts – McClelland Arena, Copper Cliff
  • Southern District – Adie Knox Herman Arena, Windsor
  • Thunder Bay/Algoma District – Marathon Arena, Marathon
  • Red Lake District – Cochenour Arena, Cochenour

The winner of each district competition will compete in the 2017 Provincial Competition, June 7 to 9, at Compass Minerals Goderich Mine in Goderich.

Mine rescue competitions, which started in Ontario in 1950, are as much intensive learning opportunities as a chance to test emergency response capabilities. The competitions ensure that mine rescue volunteers across the province are trained to the same high standards.

Mine rescue team members, the backbone of Ontario Mine Rescue, are volunteer mine workers trained by Mine Rescue Officers to respond to all types of mine emergencies including fires, explosions and falls of ground.

Under the authority of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and headquartered in Sudbury, Ontario Mine Rescue staffs, equips and maintains a network of mine rescue stations across the province that ensure mines within a specified geographic area have adequate emergency response capability.

Ontario Mine Rescue is a part of Workplace Safety North, which provides products and services to promote workplace health and safety in the mining, forestry, and paper, printing and converting industries, as well as workplaces across Ontario.