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2018 Provincial Competition - Kirkland Lake District

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2018 OMR Provincial Competition Slideshow

Mine rescue volunteers from Tahoe Canada Timmins West and Bell Creek Mine did not earn the most silverware, but they did earn gold hard hats from Ontario Mine Rescue, a part of Workplace Safety North (WSN), as the overall winners of the 69th annual Provincial Competition in Matachewan, near Kirkland Lake.

Vale Canada East Mines’ rescue team, Sudbury District champions, took home three awards – Team Firefighting, Team First Aid, and second overall, but Tahoe Canada was presented the top award during the closing banquet Friday, June 8, in Kirkland Lake. Tahoe Canada won the Timmins District competition in Timmins in May.

The Tahoe Canada rescue team consisted of: Capt. Adam Weagle, #2 Sylvain Falardeau, #3 Nick Schwehr, #4 Mat Johnson, Vice-capt. Pierre Gagne, #6 Rick Martin, and Briefing Officer Terry Roy.

Simone Hensher, mine rescue technician for Glencore, Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations won the award for top technician. Hensher, the first woman to win the top technician award, placed third in last year’s provincial competition.

Awards presented included:

First overall – Tahoe Canada, Timmins West and Bell Creek Mines

Overall runner-up – Vale Canada East Mines

Technicians
     First -- Simone Hensher, Glencore Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operation
     Second -- Norm Gannon Jr., Kirkland Lake Gold, Macassa Mine
     Third -- Jean-Yves Doiron, Vale Canada East Mines

Team Firefighting – Vale Canada East Mines

Team First Aid – Vale Canada East Mines

John Guthrie Award (Special Equipment) – KGHM

Theory Exam Award – North American Palladium, Lac des Iles Mine

Two volunteers, Ron Seguin and Jamie Mortson, were recognized for their 30- and 40-years of service to Ontario Mine Rescue.

During the week's event seven teams from across Ontario, selected in district competitions, and one team from Ireland, Boliden Tara Mine, were evaluated on their knowledge, firefighting skills, first aid response, use of emergency equipment and decision-making ability under stress in an underground simulated emergency at Alamos Gold's Young-Davidson Mine.

In the competition, teams responded to a series of emergency incidents, including building a barricade and using high expansion foam to extinguish a mine fire; and using rope rescue rigging to assist an injured and unconscious miner approximately 80 feet down a mine shaft. 

Representing their districts at the provincial competition were:

  DISTRICT

  TEAM/TECHNICIAN

  KIRKLAND LAKE Team - Kirkland Lake Gold Holt Mine
Capt. Jonathan Boutin, #2 Ben Young, #3 Zeb Viskovich, #4 Justin Arsenault,
Vice-capt. Jonathan Aubry, #6 Patrick Adams, BO Steve Campsall
Technician - Norm Gannon Jr., Kirkland Lake Gold Macassa Mine
  ONAPING Team - KGHM
Capt Joel Larcher, #2 Serge Tousignant, #3 Don Campeau, #4 Tom Hopkins,
Vice-capt. Richard Lagrandeur, #6 John Laasanen, BO Matt Larose
Technician - Tom Hopkins, KGHM
  RED LAKE Team - Goldcorp Musselwhite Mine
Capt Chris Horde, #2 Ryan Lepage, #3 Frank Zemanek, #4 Ryan Swaluk,
Vice-capt. Steve Godin, #6 Robin Jilks, BO Paul Murphy 
Technician - Ryan Thibeault, Goldcorp Musselwhite Mine
  SOUTHERN Team - K+S Windsor Salt Ojibway Mine
Capt Adam Schraeder, #2 Al Gernon, #3 Dillon Perry, #4 Phillip Schraeder,
Vice-capt. Ethan Kirby, #6 Mike Fredriksson, #7 Andrew Simard, BO Matt Stefanic
Technician - Rick Reid, K+S Windsor Salt Ojibway Mine
  SUDBURY Team - Vale East Mines
Capt Justin Whitmore, #2 Shawn St. Louis, #3 Mike Vaillancourt, #4 Patrick Brazeau, Vice-capt. Will Davies, #6 Kordell Hull, #7 Steve Saari, BO Lorne Plouffe
Technician - Jean-Yves Doiron, Vale East Mines
  THUNDER BAY &
  ALGOMA         
Team - North American Palladium Lac des Iles Mine
Capt Justin Wilson, #2 Cyle Wheeldon, #3 Trevor Puumala, #4 Jeremiah White,
Vice-capt. Dave Chony, #6 Cody Vold, BO Jason Baggs
Technician - Steeve Pinel, Alamos Gold Island Gold Mine
  TIMMINS Team - Tahoe Canada Timmins West & Bell Creek
Capt. Adam Weagle, Sylvain Falardeau, #3 Nick Schwehr, #4 Mat Johnson,
Vice-capt. Pierre Gagne, #6 Rick Martin, BO Terry Roy 
Technician - Dan Guillemette, Tahoe Canada Timmins West & Bell Creek Mines

Thank you to our 2018 competition sponsors!

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DAY 1

Part 1 - Tahoe Canada, Goldcorp Canada Mussewhite, North American Palladium
Part 2 - North American Palladium, Vale Canada
Part 3 - North American Palladium, Vale Canada
Part 4 - Vale Canada

DAY 2

Part 1 - Kirkland Lake Gold, Gencore Sudbury, Canadian Gypsum Co. 
Part 2 - Kirkland Lake Gold, Gencore Sudbury, Canadian Gypsum Co. 
Part 3 - Canadian Gypsum Co.