Ontario Mine Rescue

Welcome to Ontario Mine Rescue

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


See the first video -- Mine Rescue, A Family Tradition

Early last summer a dozen current and former Mine Rescue volunteers and their families in the Sudbury and Timmins areas were filmed during a weeklong shoot by a video crew working for Dräger.

Included in the filming were Mike, Ron and Aaron Boutet, Glen Duffy, Simone Hensher, Jim Lundrigan, John Hagan, Craig Jorgenson, Bryan and Justin Wilson, Joe and Pete Joliat, and various members of their families.

The almost two-minute teaser trailer for the video campaign was played at the International Mines Rescue Body conference in Moscow in September. The trailer is on Dräger’s social media sites, as well as OMR’s LinkedIn and Facebook pages.

Immediate family members – spouses and children appearing in the videos, will give voice to their experiences and understanding of the role their family member plays in mine rescue.

Most of the participants responded to an email from Chief Mine Rescue Officer Shawn Rideout seeking Mine Rescue volunteers with multiple generations or multiple family members involved in mine rescue in Ontario or elsewhere.

Many more volunteers responded, and many were contacted by Dräger, which faced time, travel and other constraints in selecting mine rescuers to include in the series.

Ron Boutet, whose father Mike and son Aaron appear with him in the project, said the family was delighted and honoured to be asked to participate. The trio was filmed at the family’s Sudbury area home, Fraser Mine where all three once worked, and the Onaping Mine Rescue Station.

“This is certainly special for us,” said Ron, who like Mike is a retired Mine Rescue volunteer. Grandson and son, Aaron is a current volunteer. The three-generation OMR family was profiled in the Winter 2014 Link Line.

“Not just for us as a family, but to help represent (Ontario) Mine Rescue, and mine rescuers,” he said.

The Boutets are one of three known families whose relationship with mine rescue spans three generations, and one of only two families with three generations with Ontario Mine Rescue.

The Gillis family, grandfather Harold, son Mike and grandson Kurtis, have volunteered with OMR since the 1950s, all with INCO/Vale in Sudbury.

Vale volunteer Glen Duffy, profiled in the Spring 2013 Link Line, is the grandson of Timmins volunteer Joe Pacione. Glen’s uncle, Joe’s son, was a mine rescuer in the Yukon.

But the Boutet and Gillis families are not the only families with numerous Ontario Mine Rescue connections. That honour is shared by several families, though on a blood relation basis, the Joliats of Timmins win. There, brothers Jack and Roger Joliet were followed by Jack’s sons, Joe and Pete.

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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