Teck’s Coal Mountain wins award


It’s a dynamic competition with a vitally important purpose and at this year’s event three teams emerged victorious at the 58th annual Mine Rescue and First Aid Competition in Revelstoke.

Spectators from around the province gathered in Revelstoke recently to watch nine mine rescue and eight first aid teams put their skills to the test. 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.

This year the Province added a new exhibition event to the competition. The Mutual Aid Scramble mixed 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 “Blue” consisted of representatives from Peace River Coal, Quinsam Coal, Nyrstar, Coal Mountain, Wolverine and Gibraltar.

Major Category Competition Winners:

Three Person First Aid – Huckleberry Mine Ltd

Surface Mine Rescue – Coal Mountain Operation, Teck Coal

Underground Mine Rescue – New Afton, New Gold Inc.

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 to one another in the event of an emergency.

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