POLAND – They may not have won the international mine rescue competition held recently in Katowice, Poland, but the team from Vale‘s East Mines came home to Sudbury, ON, with their heads held high.
There were 21 teams from 13 countries at the event. The Vale team finished in fifth place in the first aid competition. The top four teams were Polish, making Vale the best foreign team in this category.
The Vale team finished 12th overall in the mine rescue simulation exercise, and was the top Canadian team in the competition. The rescue exercise was a coal mine simulation, a new experience for the Canadian hardrock miners.
“We could not be more proud of the team and all of the effort they put into preparing for this competition,” said Kelly Strong, VP of Vale’s Ontario & UK Operations. “Our mine rescue teams have always been among the best in the world, and our team demonstrated that in spades this month in Poland.”
The International Mine Rescue Competition began in 1998, and has been held in numerous countries around the world including the United States, Australia, China and the Ukraine. This year’s competition took place on Sept. 10-11. This was the first time a Vale team competed in the international competition. (Vale.com)