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Mine Rescue Day an international reminder of safety

Nov 2, 2020

Mining companies and safety suppliers around the world quietly took time to acknowledge Mine Rescue Day this past weekend.

October 30th has been set aside as Mine Rescue Day since 2013 as a time to recognize the dedication and sacrifice of volunteers who risk their own lives to save other miners.

Throughout north America's mining history, members of the mining community have been called upon to rescue their fellow miners from emergency situations in coal and metal and nonmetal mines, whether trapped by fires, explosions, roof falls, flooding or harmful gases. Over time, these mine rescuers have become better trained and organized, and the equipment they use has become ever more sophisticated.

Today, mine rescue teams are certified and equipped to perform mine rescue operations on every continent. They train and compete in mine rescue contests, culminating in national championships, so they are ready to answer the call that they hope never comes. When they are called, these rescuers do not hesitate. They undertake some of the most difficult and risky emergency response work on the planet, sometimes traveling miles in dark underground mines filled with debris and poisonous and explosive gases in order to find missing miners or recover those who did not survive. 

On Mine Rescue Day, MiningLifeOnline salutes these brave individuals who give their time and risk their lives in the service of others.

Here's an impressive snapshot of one of the oldest breathing apparatus manufacturers in the mine rescue space. 


And a link to our special 90th anniversary edition dedicated to Ontario's Mine Rescue history.




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