Presented at the 2017 Mining Health and Safety Conference
Mine rescue 2.0: Strengthening mine rescue communications
In 2015, Ontario Mine Rescue partnered with industrial-technology company Focus FS to develop an under-oxygen, digital mine rescue system that fully digitizes incident information collected during Mine Rescue events. Operating on ruggedized tablets, the system replaces paper-based maps, equipment and oxygen checks, and general note taking while enhancing underground to surface communication among Briefing Officers, Captains, and Mine Rescue Officers. The system was launched in 2016 at the International Mines Rescue Competition with one of the Team Captains referring to the system as a “game changer in mine rescue”. The presentation will provide an overview of the system, key findings from mine rescue system deployments to-date, and the steps necessary to launch a digital mine rescue initiative. Focus FS will be joined by personnel from Ontario Mine Rescue for the presentation.