MATACHEWAN – Mine rescue volunteers from Tahoe Canada Timmins West & Bell Creek Mines did not earn the most silverware, but they did earn the coveted golden hard hats from Ontario Mine Rescue, a part of Workplace Safety North (WSN), as the overall winners of the 69th-annual Provincial Competition in Matachewan, near Kirkland Lake, this week.
Vale Canada East Mines’ rescue team, Sudbury District champions, took home three awards – Team Firefighting, Team First Aid, and second overall, but Tahoe Canada was presented the top award during the closing banquet Friday, June 8, in Kirkland Lake.
Tahoe Canada won the Timmins District competition in Timmins in May. The Tahoe Canada rescue team consisted of: Capt. Adam Weagle, No. 2 Sylvain Falardeau, No. 3 Nick Schwehr, No. 4 Mat Johnson, Vice-capt. Pierre Gagne, No. 6 Rick Martin, and Briefing Officer Terry Roy.
Simone Hensher, mine rescue technician for Glencore, Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations won the award for top technician. Hensher, the first woman to win the top technician award, placed third in last year’s provincial competition.
During this week’s event, seven teams from across Ontario, selected in district competitions, and one team from Ireland were evaluated on their knowledge, firefighting skills, first aid response, use of emergency equipment and decision-making ability under stress in an underground simulated emergency at Alamos Gold’s Young-Davidson Mine.
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