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SAFETY: Laurentian’s Bharti School of Engineering wins global mine rescue competition

GOLDEN, Colo. – Laurentian University’s Bharti School of Engineering students won the 2017 Intercollegiate Mines Emergency Response Development (MERD) competition held recently in this Colorado town. The team from Sudbury, Ont., placed first in the first aid and the field competitions, earning the overall title.

The team from the Bharti School of Engineering beat out international competition to claim the 2017 Intercollegiate MERD title.

The first intercollegiate MERD was held in 2011. This year’s contest was held over two days and tested teams from University of British Columbia, Freiburg University (Germany), Montana Tech, South Dakota School of Mines, and Colorado School of Mines.

The competition consists of mock disasters that are created in an underground mine to train teams in a realistic emergency search and rescue setting. It included a field competition where teams had to put out an actual underground fire, a technician test, and a first aid test.

“We are extremely proud of our students, staff and faculty who participated in this international competition. This achievement is a testament to their hard work and dedication,” said Dr. Markus Timusk, director of the Bharti School of Engineering.  “We also recognize the support of our industry partners and sponsors who make these incredible opportunities possible for Laurentian students.”

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