Agnico Eagle Macassa Wins 2024 Provincial Mine Rescue Competition

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Agnico Eagle Macassa Mine Rescue Team of the Kirkland Lake District – back row, left to right: Mine Rescue Officer Nick Schwehr, Carlie Dewar, Coach Jonathan Boutin, Denis Dion, Nick Perrier, Hubert Gour, Colin Price, Mine Rescue Officer Shawn Shail; Front Row: Jason Dicaire, Jean-Francois Racine, April Belecque, Jackson Lafrance, Alamos Gold Technician Garry Bennett
Agnico Eagle Macassa Mine Rescue Team of the Kirkland Lake District – back row, left to right: Mine Rescue Officer Nick Schwehr, Carlie Dewar, Coach Jonathan Boutin, Denis Dion, Nick Perrier, Hubert Gour, Colin Price, Mine Rescue Officer Shawn Shail; Front Row: Jason Dicaire, Jean-Francois Racine, April Belecque, Jackson Lafrance, Alamos Gold Technician Garry Bennett

THUNDER BAY, ON — The provincial mine rescue competition concluded on June 7, 2024, with Agnico Eagle’s Macassa Mine team claiming victory. This marks their first win since 1986.

Competition Overview:

Scenario: This year’s event featured a challenging Motor Vehicle Collision (MVC) scenario, testing skills from hydraulic rescue to first aid and firefighting in smoky conditions.

Champion Team:

  • Agnico Eagle Macassa Mine
    • Captain: Nicholas Perrier
    • Team members: Jackson Lafrance, Jean-Francois Racine, Denis Dion, Hubert Gour, Carlie Dewar, Colin Price
    • Briefing Officer: April Belecque
    • Coaches: Jonathan Boutin and Cliff McGill

Other Winners:

  • Runner Up: Lake Shore Gold Timmins West Bell Creek Mines
  • Individual Technician Competition: 1st Dan Rioux (Glencore Sudbury INO Fraser and Nickel Rim South Mines)
  • Special Equipment Award: Canadian Gypsum Corporation Hagersville Mine
  • First Aid Award: Lake Shore Gold Timmins
  • Firefighting Award: Lake Shore Gold Timmins
  • Briefing Officer Award: Tyler Williams (Lake Shore Gold Timmins)
  • Theory Exam Award: Glencore Sudbury INO

Chief Mine Rescue Officer Shawn Rideout praised all teams for their safe and successful completion of the scenario, emphasizing the invaluable experience gained by all participants.

About Ontario Mine Rescue: Ontario Mine Rescue (OMR), part of Workplace Safety North (WSN), has been training and evaluating mine rescue volunteers since 1950, ensuring high standards of emergency preparedness across the province. For more information, visit OMR’s website.

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