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SAFETY: Compass Minerals mine rescuers tops in Ontario



Mine rescue volunteers from Compass Minerals Goderich Mine were crowned with gold hard hats by Ontario Mine Rescue, a part of Workplace Safety North (WSN), as the overall winners of the 67th annual Provincial Mine Rescue Competition held recently in Sudbury.

The Compass Minerals mine rescue team consisted of: Captain Jim Ahrens, Briefing Officer Drew Anderson, Matt Vanden Heuvel, Chris Lammerant, Jack Miller, Aaron Duckworth, Dennis Hogan, and Joel Paquette. The team won the Southern District competition in Goderich in May.

The team also won the Team First Aid Award, and by winning the overall competition earned a guaranteed entry into the 2016 International Mines Rescue Competition to be held in Sudbury in August.

During the recent event, seven teams from across Ontario, selected in district competitions, were evaluated on their knowledge, firefighting skills, first aid response, use of emergency equipment and decision-making ability under stress in simulated underground emergencies at the NORCAT Underground Centre (formerly Fecunis Mine) in Levack, near Sudbury.

Jason Leclair, mine rescue technician for Barrick Gold, Hemlo Operations, won the award for top technician. Leclair also won the Thunder Bay/Algoma District competition in May.

Mine rescue competitions, which started in 1950, are as much intensive-learning opportunities as a chance to test emergency response capabilities. The competitions ensure that mine rescue volunteers across the province are trained to the same high standards.

In the closing banquet, two mine rescue volunteers: Dick Shoemaker and Calvin Martin, both from Compass Minerals, Goderich Mine were honoured for 30 years of service to Ontario Mine Rescue.

Competing mine rescue teams represented Compass Mineral, Goderich Mine (Southern District); Goldcorp Canada, Red Lake Gold Mine (Red Lake District); North American Palladium, Lac des Iles Mine (Thunder Bay/Algoma District); Lake Shore Gold (Timmins District); Alamos Gold Ltd.’s Young-Davidson Mine (Kirkland Lake District); Glencore Sudbury INO, (Onaping District); and Vale Canada Ltd., West Mines (Sudbury District).

Awards presented:

First overall – Compass Minerals, Goderich Mine

Overall runner-up – Lake Shore Gold

Technicians – 1st Jason Leclair, Barrick Gold, Hemlo Operations

– 2nd Drew Dalgleish, Compass Minerals, Goderich Mine

– 3rd Brian Melis, KGHM

Team Firefighting – Vale Canada, West Mines

Team First Aid – Compass Minerals, Goderich Mine

Team Special Equipment – Glencore Sudbury INO.

Ontario Mine Rescue is a part of Workplace Safety North, which provides products and

services to promote workplace health and safety in mining.