Nyrstar, Quinsam mines big winners in rescue competition

Myra Falls Captain Robert Brown following completion of the Underground Smoke Task. Myra Falls was the winner overall in the underground competition. - Photo submitted
Myra Falls Captain Robert Brown following completion of the Underground Smoke Task. Myra Falls was the winner overall in the underground competition.
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After an intense and energetic competition, seven dedicated teams claimed victory last weekend at the 59th annual Mine Rescue and First Aid Competition in Smithers.

Mine enthusiasts, family and friends gathered in Smithers on Saturday to watch nine mine rescue and eight first aid teams challenged by rope rescue rigging, complex industrial hazards and dynamic smoke and fire tasks. Teams are comprised of those working at B.C. mines with backgrounds in firefighting, emergency response and high-angle rescue, and often also lend their rescue expertise to their local communities.

The competition is divided into three categories: Surface, Underground and Three Person First Aid and features life-like simulations that test skills in firefighting, first aid, rope rescue, extrication and general mine rescue knowledge.

The Mutual Aid Scramble returned for its second year as a part of the competition, mixing the teams in a trial designed to test teamwork and co-operation. The ability to adapt to working together is important if mining emergency responders are called to provide a multiple resource rescue effort. The winning team captained by Delainy Barry, Peace River Coal, consisted of members from Highland Valley Copper, New Gold Inc. New Afton, Huckleberry Mines, Greenhills Operations, Quinsam Coal Corporation.

Major Category Competition Winners:

Three Person First Aid – Huckleberry Mines.

Surface Mine Rescue – Gibraltar Mines, Elkview Operations, Highland Valley Copper.

Underground Mine Rescue – Quinsam Coal, New Gold Inc. New Afton, Nyrstar-Myra Falls

This annual competition highlights the industry’s commitment to health and safety best practices. It also ensures B.C. mines have consistent standards of training and procedures so that they may provide assistance

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