Competitions demonstrate mine rescue skills

Monday, April 09, 2018

More than 20 teams compete across 7 districts

Two mine rescue volunteers perform first aid
Mine rescuers from Musselwhite Mine, demonstrating first aid skills in the 2017 Provincial Mine Rescue Competition, will defend their Red Lake District title in Thunder Bay, May 10, at the Neebing Arena. The event is open to the public. The winner of the district competition will advance to the 2018 Provincial Mine Rescue Competition in June.

Musselwhite mine rescuers, winners of the 2017 Red Lake District and Provincial Mine Rescue Competitions, are one of seven teams preparing to defend their district competition titles next month, hopefully en route to compete in the 2018 Provincial Mine Rescue Competition in June.

Meanwhile more than 20 other teams across Ontario’s seven mine rescue districts have their own designs to demonstrate their rescue skills and knowledge, and win a district competition, beginning May 9 and 10.

The winner of each district competition will compete in the 69th annual Provincial Competition, June 4 to 8, at Alamos Gold’s Young-Davidson Mine in Matachewan, Kirkland Lake District.

To give communities a chance to see highly trained volunteers in action, the public and media are welcome to attend the district competitions. Competitions will take place in:





 Red Lake

 May 10

 Thunder Bay        

 Neebing Arena, 
 1695 Broadway Ave.


 May 10


 Caledonia Fairgrounds Arena, 
 151 Caithness St. E. 

 Sudbury and Onaping

 May 10, 11


 I.J.Coady Memorial Arena,
 13 Second Ave., N

 Timmins and Kirkland Lake         

 May 9, 10, 11        


 Archie Dillon Sportsplex
 396 Theriault Blvd.

 Thunder Bay and Algoma

 May 10, 11


 Michipicoten Memorial CC,
 3 Chris Simon Drive

During a competition teams are evaluated on their knowledge, firefighting skills, first aid response, use of emergency equipment, and decision-making ability under stress in a simulated underground emergency. In addition to the simulated emergency, events include a theory exam and a competition for technicians who maintain and repair emergency response equipment.

Other defending 2017 district champions include Glencore, Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations in Onaping District; Canadian Gypsum Co., Hagersville Mine in Southern District; Vale Canada Inc., West Mines in Sudbury District; North American Palladium, Lac des Iles Mine in Thunder Bay and Algoma Districts; Tahoe Canada, Timmins West and Bell Creek Mines in Timmins District; and Kirkland Lake Gold, North Complex, Holt-McDermott and Taylor Mines in Kirkland Lake District.

Mine rescue competitions, which started 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 the Ontario Mine Rescue program, are mine workers trained by Mine Rescue Officers to respond to all mine emergencies including fires, explosions, entrapments and falls of ground.


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