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Eight teams heading to provincial mine rescue event

Competition challenging teams’ mine rescue abilities slated for Red Lake in June
Newmont Goldcorp's Red Lake Gold Mines will host the 2019 provincial Mine Rescue Ontario competition June 4-7. (Supplied photo)

Eight teams from across the province will travel to Red Lake this June 4-7 to participate in the provincial Ontario Mine Rescue competition.

This year's competition will be held at Newmont Goldcorp's Red Lake Gold Mines.

The eight teams won their respective district competitions, held May 6-10.

They include: 

Algoma: Barrick, Hemlo Williams Mine
Kirkland Lake: Kirkland Lake Gold, Macassa Mine
Onaping: Glencore, Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations, Team Lefebre
Red Lake: Newmont Goldcorp, Musselwhite Mine
Southern Ontario: K+S Windsor Salt, Ojibway Mine
Sudbury: Vale Canada, Team Hamilton
Thunder Bay: North American Palladium, Lac des Iles Mine
Timmins: Newmont Goldcorp, Porcupine Gold Mines

A full list of the teams and their members is available here.

Mine rescue 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.

Mine rescue equipment technicians from each mine also compete in a test of their abilities to service, diagnose and repair the specialized equipment used by teams.

They are considered valuable learning and training experiences to ensure that mine rescue volunteers across the province are trained to the same high standards.

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 Northern Ontario.