TIMMINS – Ontario’s best mine rescue teams are heading off to Goderich, Ont., next week to strut their stuff for the all-Ontario Mine Rescue competition. While the beachfront community on Lake Huron doesn’t seem to fit the mould as a mining town, it is home to the Compass Minerals’ Goderich salt mine, the largest salt mine in the world.
The miners in Goderich work as deep as 1,800-feet and seven kilometres out beneath Lake Huron to mine the salt that flavours our food, that is spread on icy roads and is even used to soften hard water. The mine rescuers who work at that mine are like mine rescuers throughout Ontario in that they take the same rigorous training and learn the same skills as any mine rescuer would in Red Lake, Sudbury or Timmins.
Next Wednesday and Thursday the best mine rescuers from all seven mining districts across the province will be competing in a mock mine disaster underground at the Compass Mine. Because the event is underground, there will be no room for spectators.
For media and the public, there will be livestreaming video of the event showing in the Huron County Museum, in downtown Goderich. The winning team from the Timmins District mine rescue event, representing Tahoe Canada’s Timmins West and Bell Creek Mine, is the first team scheduled to tackle the mock disaster.
Team Tahoe won the right to compete at the provincial event by winning the Timmins event held three weeks ago. The team is made up of Captain Adam Weagle, Sylvan Falardeau, Nick Schwedr, Pete Gagne, Yannick Marchand, Jon Beaulieu, Briefing Officer Terry Roy and technician Dan Guillemette. Team coaches were Jim Davis and Pete Joliat.
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