Ontario Mine Rescue

90th Anniversary Plans Anyone?

Next year, 2019, will mark 90 years of dedicated service to Ontario Mine Rescue by mine rescue volunteers – literally thousands of men and women over a near-century – committed to the safety and well-being of their co-workers. 

From the time Austin Neame was appointed Ontario’s first Mine Rescue Officer and opened the first mine rescue station in Timmins in 1929, volunteers have responded to every call in every Ontario mining community, contributing to making OMR a world leader in mine rescue.

We think that is worthy of recognition. So tell us how you think the occasion should be recognized.

All suggestions are welcomed, and will be considered and evaluated by OMR based on practicality and available resources (staff and volunteer time, equipment, and, yes, financial cost). 

Ideally, suggestions should focus on you, the volunteer – past and present, and involve all mining communities in the province, but if you think there’s something that should be done in one community or for one person, we still want to hear about it. 

Email us your suggestions.


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

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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