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2019 District Mine Rescue Competition Set for May 7-9

Apr 22, 2019

The 90th anniversary of Ontario Mine Rescue will get started with district mine rescue competitions May 7 to 9 at several locations across Ontario that will put into practice emergency response skills.
 
In Timmins and Kirkland Lake District,  seven teams will compete at the Archie Dillon Sportsplex in Timmins Wednesday, May 8 and Thursday May 9.
 
The competing teams will be:
  • Newmont Goldcorp, Porcupine Gold Mines
  • Tahoe Canada, Timmins West/Bell Creek Mine
  • Glencore, Kidd Operations
  • Kirkland Lake Gold, Holt McDermott Mine
  • Kirkland Lake Gold, Macassa Mine
  • Alamos Gold, Young-Davidson Mine
  • McEwen Mining, Black Fox Mine
 
The equipment technician competition will be Tuesday, May 7, at Northern College for Timmins District technicians, and at the Kirkland Lake Mine Rescue Substation for Kirkland Lake District technicians.
 
Other competitions will take place across Ontario also on May 7 to May 8:
  • Southern District – Goderich Memorial Arena, Goderich
  • Sudbury & Onaping districts – McClelland Community Centre, Copper Cliff
  • Red Lake & Thunder Bay districts – Cochenour Arena, Red Lake
  • Algoma District – Michipicoten Memorial Community Centre, Wawa
 
The public and media are welcome to attend district competitions to give communities a chance to see highly trained volunteers in action.
 
The competitions organized by Ontario Mine Rescue, a part of Workplace Safety North, test the teams’ knowledge, firefighting skills, first aid response, use of emergency equipment, and decision-making ability under stress in a simulated underground emergency. 
 
Ontario Mine Rescue was established in 1929, a year after an underground fire at the Hollinger Mine in Timmins claimed the lives of 39 miners. Over the ensuing years. OMR has evolved from a fire service to full emergency response service for all underground emergencies.
 
Ontario Mine rescue competitions started in1950, provide intensive learning opportunities as well 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.
 
The winner of each district competition will compete in the 2019 Provincial Mine Rescue Competition, June 4 to 7, at Newmont Goldcorp’s Red Lake Gold Mines in Red Lake. 
 
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.
 
Workplace Safety North 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.