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Winners named in regional mine rescue competitions

Eight teams moving on to Thunder Bay for provincial championship
Eight teams from across Ontario competed in regional mine rescue championships May 8-10.

Mine rescue teams from across the province will vie for top honours when they head to Thunder Bay June 4-7 to take part in the Ontario Mine Rescue provincial championship.

Eight teams emerged as winners during the regional championships, which took place May 8-10.

Teams demonstrated their skill and knowledge with a mock scenario that required them to retrieve a casualty from a confined space and treat a diabetic casualty with low blood sugar.

Teams were then encouraged to use a state-of-the-art foam generator to eliminate a simulated fire, but with a challenging twist.

“We applied special coverings to competitors’ masks to emulate decreased visibility,” Shawn Rideout, chief mine rescue officer at Workplace Safety North, said in a news release.

“This prepares teams for heavy smoke conditions present with large underground fires. Communication skills and teamwork are vital in these situations.”

The winners of each district are as follows:

Algoma District

Alamos Island Gold Mine

Captain Kaiden Harrietha, #2 Dominic Jean, #3 Evan Barley, #4 Jacob Paskus, Vice Captain Jessy DeChamplain, #6 Daniel Webb, Briefing Officer Joel Labbe #7 Ben Eppert, Winning technician: Kyle Ouellette – Alamos Island Gold

Sudbury District

Vale West Mine

Captain Chris Charbonneau, #2 Roch Berthiaume, #3 Shawn Barrette, #4 Madison Tracey, Vice Captain Dustin McKinnon, #6 Patricia Gagne, BO Lorne Beleskey, #7 Brian Reeves, Winning technician: Nick Fram – Vale West Mine

Onaping District

Glencore SINO Fraser and Nickel Rim South Mines

Captain Julien Lalande, #2 Aaron Boutet, #3 Neil Poulin, #4 Alyssa Spry, Vice Captain Jesse Legault, #6 Shawn O’Brien, BO Bleir Millions, Winning technician: Dan Rioux – Glencore

Thunder Bay District

Impala Lac Des Isles Mine

Captain Dillon Bradley, #2 Kyle Barbeau, #3 Christopher Strom, #4 Connor O'Limb, Vice Captain Devin Jackson, #6 Christopher Forsyth, BO Manuel Manero, Winning technician: Monika Jorgensen – Impala Lac Des Isles Mine

Red Lake District

Evolution Mining Red Lake Operations

Captain Scott McKean, #2 Tyler Lorenzini, #3 Geoff Taylor, #4 Jeff Merkel, Vice Captain David Zapora, #6 Carl Grondin, BO Rob Nylund, Winning technician: Gabriel Roy – Newmont Musselwhite

Timmins District

Lakeshore Gold West Bell Creek Mines

Captain Adam Weagle, #2 Shane Sullivan, #3 Brandon Duhan, #4 Andrew MacIvor, Vice Captain Natalie Lafontaine, #6 Serge Roy, BO Tyler Williams, Winning technician: Mike Bennett – Glencore Kidd Operations

Kirkland Lake District

Agnico Eagle Macassa Mine

Captain Nicholas Perrier, #2 Jackson Lafrance, #3 Jean-Francois Racine, #4 Denis Dion, Vice Captain Hubert Gour, #6 Carlie Dewar, BO April Belecque, #7 Colin Price, Winning technician: Garry Bennett – Alamos Gold

Southern District

CGC Hagersville Mine

Captain Joshua Stringer, #2 Scott Walton, #3 Charles Heaslip, #4 Ashlee Reitsma, Vice Captain Steve Wilkieson, #6 Allen Barber, BO Paul Hunt, Winning technician: Matt Peebles – CGC Hagersville

The provincial championships will take place at Thunder Bay's Fort Williams Gardens.

Ontario Mine Rescue is an initiative of Workplace Safety North, a non-profit health and safety association that provides workplace health and safety services for the mining and forest products sectors.