Sudbury to host the ‘Olympics of the mining world’ – by Jonathan Migneault (Sudbury Northern Life – August 09, 2016)

Mayor declares August Mine Rescue Month in Sudbury

Later this month, Sudbury will host what organizers call the “Olympics of the mining world” with the 2016 International Mines Rescue Competition. To celebrate the competition, which will bring 28 mine rescue teams from 13 countries to Greater Sudbury to compete in six mine rescue events, Sudbury

Mayor Brian Bigger declared August Mine Rescue Month in the city. “It is a great honour to welcome the 2016 International Mines Rescue Competition to Sudbury,” Bigger said.

Established in 1998, the International Mines Rescue Competition is a biennial event that pits the world’s best mine rescue teams against each other as they test their ability to rescue people underground, put out fires and practice first aid in a stressful environment. The 2016 event will the first time a Canadian city hosts the competition.

“It will be our turn to show the world how we do things,” said Tom Hopkins, captain of KGHM’s Mine Rescue team in Sudbury.

Hopkins and a few of his teammates participated in the 2014 International Mines Rescue Competition in Poland, where he said he learned a lot about the different techniques mine rescue teams use around the world.

Judges will determine how well teams perform by looking at the specific tasks they achieve in each event, and by judging the procedures, or how well they perform a task like safely rescuing a mine worker from an underground emergency.

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