For the third consecutive year, Tahoe Canada won first place honors at the Timmins District Mine Rescue Competition. Tahoe’s Dan Guillemette was also awarded best technician for the second year in a row. Led by Captain Adam Weagle and Team Coach Jim Davis, Tahoe’s mine rescue team demonstrated remarkable skill and proficiency in mock scenarios designed to test first aid response, emergency equipment use and high-pressure decision making during a disaster. This win allows team Tahoe to compete in the all-Ontario mine rescue competition in Matachewan this June.
The Mine Rescue program was founded in Timmins in 1929 after a tragic fire claimed 39 lives at the Hollinger mine. The disaster reinforced the critical need for organized mine rescue teams, firefighting programs and changes in safety practices at metal mines. A year later, the Ontario Mine Rescue program was formed. Since its inception, Ontario Mine Rescue has trained and equipped thousands of rescue volunteers for a wide variety of emergencies. State-of-the-art equipment and uniform safety standards across districts have made Ontario a role model for mine rescue organizations across the country.
“Having people trained in mine rescue is the lifeblood of the mine,” says Tahoe Canada CSR director Tom Laughren. Promoting a safety culture is a priority for Tahoe at all its subsidiaries. This event reaffirms our commitment to safe practices and emergency preparedness at every operation.
Adam Weagle, #2 Man- Sylvain Falardeau, Technician- Dan Guillemette, Briefing Officer- Terry Roy, #3 Man- Nicholas Schwehr, #4 Man- Matt Johnson, #6 Man- Richard Martin And Vice Captain- Pete Gagne