Ontario Mine Rescue

A Thank You and a Welcome

Neil MacInnes
Neil MacInnes

Ontario Mine Rescue, a part of Workplace Safety North, wishes to thank Emmett Houston, and welcome Neil MacInnes of Dumas Contracting Ltd.

Houston, is stepping down as the Ontario Mine Contractors Safety Association industry representative on the Ontario Mine Rescue Technical Advisory Committee. During his years on the committee, Houston has been involved in numerous projects, including updating the Guidelines for Mine Rescue Refuge Stations, and leading an ongoing study on a mobile device application for mine rescue teams.

MacInnes, field superintendent, safety & training for Dumas, will be the new Ontario Mine Contractors Safety Association industry representative on the Ontario Mine Rescue TAC. MacInnes has more than 25 experience as a volunteer with OMR.


Welcome to OMR's new Chief Mine Rescue Officer

Shawn Rideout
Shawn Rideout

Workplace Safety North is pleased to announce Shawn Rideout will join the Ontario Mine Rescue program as Chief Mine Rescue Officer, reporting to the General Manager, Ontario Mine Rescue effective June 22, 2015.

Shawn will work closely with Charlie Burton, current Supervisor of Mine Rescue, and will assume responsibility for oversight of all training and emergency response activities within the province upon Burton’s retirement later this year.

Shawn received his Introductory Mine Rescue Training in 2006 while working at Falconbridge Kidd Creek Mine, now Glencore Kidd Operations in Timmins. Since then he has served as a mine rescue volunteer in the Timmins District, and also completed his Technician, Advanced and Management Mine Rescue certifications.

As captain of the Dumas Contracting Ltd. Mine Rescue team in the 2015 Provincial Competition, Shawn lead the first-ever contractor team to win awards at the provincial level taking top honours in the use of rescue and extrication equipment. Prior to this year Shawn was a member of five Timmins District Mine Rescue Competition winning teams, and one provincial championship winning team.

At Kidd Operations, Shawn held underground supervisory roles before joining Dumas in 2013 to oversee mobile maintenance operations at their Timmins facility.

Congratulations Shawn.


Vale West Mines tops in provincial

Vale West Mines
Vale West Mines 2015 provincial champions.

Mine rescue volunteers from Vale West Mines were crowned with gold hard hats by Ontario Mine Rescue, a part of Workplace Safety North (WSN), as the overall winners of the 66th annual Provincial Mine Rescue Competition in Thunder Bay, June 11 and 12.

The Vale West team consisted of: Captain Kevin Duff, Briefing Officer Paul Aho, Jeff Farquharson, Jim Niesing, Mario Ceccon, Nick Jones, Darren Toner, and Gord Sullivan. The team won the Sudbury District competition in May.

During this week's event, seven teams from across Ontario, selected in district competitions, were evaluated on their knowledge, firefighting skills, first aid response, use of emergency equipment and decision-making ability under stress in simulated underground emergencies at Fort William Gardens.

Dan Rulli, mine rescue technician for CGC, Hagersville Mine, won the award for top technician. Rulli won the Southern District competition in May.

In the closing banquet, two mine rescue volunteers: Ghislain Lebel, KGHM International in Sudbury, and Terry Sprowl, Goldcorp Porcupine Gold Mines in Timmins, were honoured for 30 years of service to Ontario Mine Rescue.

During the two-day, three-scenario exercise five-member teams had to find and provide first aid to a miner missing in an underground fire; provide first aid to three casualties in a vehicular incident; and extinguish a fire in a mine vehicle. The first operation was conducted “under oxygen” (using self-contained rebreathing apparatus).

Competing mine rescue teams represented Compass Mineral, Goderich Mine (Southern District); Goldcorp Canada, Red Lake Gold Mine (Red Lake District); Barrick Hemlo (Thunder Bay/Algoma District); Dumas Contracting Ltd. (Timmins District); AuRico Gold (Kirkland Lake District); Glencore Sudbury INO, (Onaping District); and Vale, West Mines (Sudbury District).

Awards presented:

      • First overall - Vale West Mines
      • Overall runner-up - AuRico Gold, Young-Davidson Mine
      • Team Firefighting - AuRico Gold, Young-Davidson Mine
      • Team First Aid - Barrick Hemlo, Williams Mine
      • Team Special Equipment - Dumas Contracting Ltd.
      • Technicians:
          • 1st Dan Rulli, CGC, Hagersville Mine
          • 2nd Jason Leclair, Barrick Hemlo, Williams Mine
          • 3rd Remi Toupin, Primero Mining, Black Fox Mine

This year’s competition was co-hosted by: Goldcorp Canada Red Lake Mines and Musselwhite Mine, and Rubicon Minerals – Phoenix Gold Project. The event was sponsored by: Drager Safety; Technica Mining; Fountain Tire; Zetec; Dumas Contracting Ltd.; DMC Mining Services; Dyno Nobel; Manroc Developments Inc.; Sling Choker Manufacturing Ltd.; MSA; Acklands Grainger; Dynamic Safety International; Levitt Safety; Tetra Tech Canada; and SPI Health and Safety.


About Us

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.

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