The Tahoe Resources mine rescue team from Timmins is back home after a gruelling week spent at the biennial International Mine Rescue Competition held in Ekaterinburg, Russia. The competition ran Sept. 22 to 28.
Team Tahoe didn’t take home the winning hardware but Timmins Mine Rescue Officer Danny Taillefer said Tahoe and Ontario Mine Rescue performed well despite the stiff competition.
One of the seven Russian teams participating in the event, Emercom, took the overall top honours. A feather in the cap for Team Tahoe was a certificate for being the team with the fastest time for correctly performing various mock disaster scenarios.
“It was huge for them. They were excited about that,” said Taillefer. Tahoe took part in the international event by virtue of the fact that the Timmins mine rescuers competed to become the Ontario Mine Rescue champions this year.
“It was absolutely excellent. The highlight for me was seeing that mine rescue throughout the world has the same goals in mind.” Taillefer said many of the techniques are similar and despite a few small differences, the overall goal is the same.
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