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Barrick Hemlo To Represent District at Provincial Mine Rescue Competition

The Mine Safety Competitions test skill, endurance and speed in scenarios which help them save lives should a real emergency occur. Photo Linda Osiecki

The Mine Safety Competitions test skill, endurance and speed in scenarios which help them save lives should a real emergency occur. Pictured above are Barrick-Hemlo Team members; photography by Linda Osiecki

WAWA, ON – May 6-8th, teams from the Thunder Bay/Algoma District competed in the Mine Rescue Competition.

Congratulations to:

  • 1st place Barrick-Hemlo team and Technician Jason Leclair
  • 2nd place Wesdome Gold Mines;

In addition to overall rankings, among the winners in specialty categories were:

  • Richmont Gold Mines won the First Aid competition;
  • Lac Des Iles won the Skills competition.
Barrick-Hemlo will compete at Fort William Gardens in Thunder Bay, June 11th and 12th, at the 65th Provincial Mine Rescue Competition.
Barrick-Hemlo Team. Photo by Linda Osiecki

Barrick-Hemlo Team. Photography by Linda Osiecki

Thunder Bay-Algoma Mine Rescue Competition 1st place team from Barrick-Hemlo. Photo by Linda Osiecki

Thunder Bay-Algoma Mine Rescue Competition 1st place team from Barrick-Hemlo. Top row left to right: Safety Superintendant Peter Calnan; No.4 Man-Scott Martin; No.2 Man -Russell Eagle; Captain Glenn Young; No.3 Man- Brian Greenwood; Trainer Terry Gregorash; Technician Jason Leclair; Mine Manager Andrew Baumen; Bottom row: Vice Captain Brad Brzeckza; No.6 Man – Brain Randall; Briefing Officer Andrew Constantin. Photography by Linda Osiecki

In addition to the Barrick-Hemlo team, 6 others will compete in Thunder Bay (WSN) :

Kirkland Lake District

  • Team:           Aurico Gold
  • Technician:   Remi Toupin, Primero Mining

Onaping District

  • Team:           Glencore Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations
  • Technician:    Dino Buttazzoni (KGHM)

Red Lake District

  • Team:           Goldcorp Red Lake Gold Mines
  • Technician:    Aaron Maki (Goldcorp Red Lake Gold Mines)

Southern District

  • Team:           Compass Minerals Goderich Mine
  • Technician:    Dan Rulli (Canadian Gypsum Corporation CGC)

Sudbury District

  • Team:           Vale West Mines
  • Technician:   Denis Prevost (First Nickel)

Thunder Bay/Algoma District

  • Team:           Barrick Hemlo
  • Technician:    Jason Leclair (Barrick Hemlo)

Timmins District

  • Team:           Dumas Mining
  • Technician:   Terry Sproule (Goldcorp Porcupine Gold Mines)

Ontario Mine Rescue, a part of Workplace Safety North (WSN), has trained and equipped thousands of volunteers who have fought fires, rescued injured personnel, and responded professionally to a wide array of incidents in the province’s mines over the past eight decades.

Under the authority of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and headquartered in Sudbury, Ontario Mine Rescue staffs, equips and maintains a network of mine rescue stations across the province that ensure mines within a specified geographic area have adequate emergency response capability.

Our role includes delivering training to first responders, providing consultations, conducting periodic audits, ensuring WSN-owned equipment is maintained to manufacturers’ recommended standards, and providing advice during mine emergencies.

Since its creation in 1929, Ontario Mine Rescue has established a reputation for high standards in training, equipment and emergency response, as well as in the development of safe, effective mine rescue practices. We have served as a role model for the establishment of training and safety programs for mine rescue organizations in other provinces and countries.

WSN maintains a Mine Rescue Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) that provides advice and guidance to Ontario Mine Rescue. Under the leadership of the committee, we remain committed to continual improvement, ensuring the mining industry’s mine rescue needs are met.

Video below: Timmins-James Bay MP Charlie Angus thanks mine rescue workers of the North for their dedication and great work

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