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Mine rescue teams compete in Goderich

Six Northern teams test skills, knowledge

Seven mine rescue teams from Ontario will test their emergency response knowledge and skills 1,750 feet under Lake Huron in the world’s largest salt mine during the 68th annual Ontario Mine Rescue Provincial Competition in Goderich, June 7 and 8.

Compass Minerals, Goderich Mine will host the competition organized by Ontario Mine Rescue, a part of Workplace Safety North.

The competition will test the teams’ mining emergency response knowledge, firefighting skills, first aid response, use of emergency equipment and decision-making ability under stress during a simulated emergency.

The competition is being live streamed at the Huron County Museum in Goderich. Competing mine rescue teams are:

● Tahoe Canada, Timmins West and Bell Creek Mines

● Goldcorp Canada, Musselwhite Mine

● North American Palladium, Lac des Iles Mine

● Vale Canada, West Mines, Sudbury

● Kirkland Lake Gold North Complex, Holt-McDermott and Taylor Mines

● Glencore, Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations, Fraser and Nickel Rim South Mines

● Canadian Gypsum Company, Hagersville Mine

Mine Rescue competitions, which started in 1950, ensure that mine rescue volunteers across the province are trained to the same high standards. Mine rescue team members are volunteer mine workers trained by mine rescue officers to respond to all types of mine emergencies including fires, explosions and the entrapment of miners. Ontario Mine Rescue is headquartered in Sudbury.