Ontario Mine Rescue

And the District Winners Are . . .

The winners of eight district mine rescue competitions will mark Ontario Mine Rescue's 90th anniversary by competing in the Provincial  Mine Rescue Competition, June 4 to 7, at Newmont Goldcorp's Red Lake Gold Mines in Red Lake.

The winners of the district competitions, held the week of May 6 to 10, are:

Team - Barrick, Hemlo Williams Mine
Capt. Russell Eagle, #2 Alex Brown, #3 Evan Barley, #4 Kurtis Atkinson,
Vice-capt. Kyle Luce, #6 Brian Greenwood, BO Glenn Young
Technician - Steeve Pinel, Alamos Gold, Island Lake Gold Mine
  KIRKLAND LAKE Team - Kirkland Lake Gold, Macassa Mine
Capt. Huber Gour, #2 Nick Perrier, #3 Rene Lavoie, #4 Basil Eraif, 
Vice-capt. Jason Dicaire, #6 Matt Watorek, BO Lino Therrien
Technician - Norm Gannon Jr., Kirkland Lake Gold Macassa Mine
  ONAPING Team - Glencore, Sudbury INO, Team Lefebvre
Capt. Andre Lefebvre, #2 Kara Deneka, #3 Joel Vaillancourt, #4 Jesse Legault,
Vice-capt. Julien Lalonde, #6 Alyssa Wilson, BO Joffre Sanftenberg
Technician - 
  RED LAKE Team - Newmont Goldcorp, Musselwhite Mine
Capt. Kyle Fry, #2 Jack Lawson, #3 Gabriel Roy, #4 Ryan Swaluk,  
Vice-capt. Steve Godin, #6 Ryan Lepage, BO Chris Horde 
Technician - Ryan Thibeault, Newmont Goldcorp, Musselwhite Mine
  SOUTHERN Team - K+S Windsor Salt, Ojibway Mine
Capt Adam Schraeder, #2 Al Gernon, #3 Dillon Perry, #4 Joe Schraeder, 
Vice-capt. Phillip Schraeder, #6 Ethan Kirby, BO Matt Stefanic
Technician - Jim Ahrens, Compass Minerals, Goderich Mine
  SUDBURY Team - Vale Canada, Team Hamilton
Capt. Jon Hamilton, #2 Roch Berthiaume, #3 Breanne Pilon, #4 Jacque Martin,
Vice-capt. Chris Charbonneau, #6 Aaron Brouse, Briefing Officer Lorne Belesky
Technician - Jean-Yves Doiron, Vale Canada
  THUNDER BAY        Team - North American Palladium Lac des Iles Mine
Capt Justin Wilson, #2 Brad Kemp, #3 Cody Vold, #4 Justin Earle, 
Vice-capt. Dave Chony, #6 Jeremiah White, BO Marcus Snow
Technician - Gil Noble, North American Palladium Lac des Iles Mine
  TIMMINS Team - Newmont Goldcorp, Porcupine Gold Mines
Capt. Steve Charbonneau, #2 Eric Coderre, #3 Ryan Jones, #4 Mike Ladouceur,
Vice-capt. Yannick Marchand, #6 Chad Delaurier, BO Andrew Burns
Technician - Pete Gagne, Tahoe Canada Timmins West & Bell Creek Mines

During the district competitions, five-member teams had to find seven workers missing underground, extinguish a fire, provide aid to a worker pinned under heavy equipment, and extricate another worker impaled on a drill rod.

Ontario Mine Rescue was established in 1929, a year after an underground fire at the Hollinger Mine in Timmins claimed the lives of 39 miners. Over the ensuing years, OMR has evolved from a fire service to full emergency response service for all underground emergencies.

The competitions organized by Ontario Mine Rescue, a part of Workplace Safety North, test the teams’ knowledge, firefighting skills, first aid response, use of emergency equipment, and decision-making ability under stress in a simulated underground emergency. Mine rescue equipment technicians from each mine also compete in a test of their abilities to service, diagnose and repair the specialized equipment used by teams.

Mine rescue competitions, which started in Ontario in 1950, are as much intensive learning opportunities as a chance to test emergency response capabilities. The competitions ensure that mine rescue volunteers across the province are trained to the same high standards.

Mine rescue team members, the backbone of Ontario Mine Rescue, are volunteer mine workers trained by Mine Rescue Officers to respond to all types of mine emergencies including fires, explosions and falls of ground. 

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.

Workplace Safety North provides products and services to promote workplace health and safety in the mining, forestry, and paper, printing and converting industries, as well as workplaces across northern Ontario.


Ontario Mine Rescue volunteers star in video series

Ontario Mine Rescue family and families are playing a starring role in a video series, Drägerman Stories, produced and released by Dräger Safety.

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About Us 

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.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. 

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.

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