8 Ontario Mine Rescue Teams Advance to Provincial Championship

Image Courtesy Ontario Mine Rescue
Image Courtesy Ontario Mine Rescue

SUDBURY, ON (May 10, 2024) – Eight district champions have emerged from the Ontario Mine Rescue Competitions, held May 8-10, and are now set to compete for the provincial title. Teams from mines across the province – including a local team from Impala Lac Des Isles Mine in Thunder Bay – showcased their skills in first aid, firefighting, and communication under challenging conditions.

The competition included a unique firefighting scenario that tested teams’ ability to navigate low visibility situations, simulating heavy smoke conditions often present in underground fires.

“These competitions are crucial for preparing mine rescue teams to respond effectively in real-life emergencies,” said Shawn Rideout, Chief Mine Rescue Officer at Workplace Safety North. “Communication and teamwork are essential skills, especially in high-stress situations.”

The district winners advancing to the provincial championship are:

  • Algoma: Alamos Island Gold Mine
  • Sudbury: Vale West Mine
  • Onaping: Glencore SINO Fraser and Nickel Rim South Mines
  • Thunder Bay: Impala Lac Des Isles Mine
  • Red Lake: Evolution Mining Red Lake Operations
  • Timmins: Lakeshore Gold West Bell Creek Mines
  • Kirkland Lake: Agnico Eagle Macassa Mine
  • Southern: CGC Hagersville Mine

The Ontario Mine Rescue Provincial Championship will be held at Fort Williams Gardens in Thunder Bay from June 4-7.

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