Teams from across the province came together June 8-9 for the annual skills contest, which was hosted at Vale’s Creighton Mine just outside of Sudbury.
It was the first such event since 2019 following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The annual competition draws winning teams from each of the eight districts across Ontario to test their skills and aptitude in a series of mock scenarios that mimic emergencies at a mine site.
Teams are put through their paces while being evaluated in areas such as firefighting skills, first aid response, use of emergency equipment, and decision-making ability under stress.
Members of the winning team included: Jack Lawson (captain), Taylor Poling (2 man), Alexa Dumaine (3 man), Scott Lawson (4 man), Philip Mullin (5 man/vice), Jimmy Sinclair (6 man), Ryan Lepage (briefing officer), Nick Gosselin (7 man), Chris Horde and Gabe Roy (coaches), and Kurtis Atkinson and Jeff Farquharson (MRO).
Musselwhite gold mine, operated by Newmont Canada, is a fly-in, fly-out operation located approximately 500 kilometres north of Thunder Bay.
Ontario Mine Rescue has been in operation since 1929, following a tragedy at the Hollinger Mine in Timmins in which 39 miners died in an underground fire.
Headquartered in Sudbury, Ontario Mine Rescue today 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.