New Afton Mine took home the gold at a provincial mine rescue competition.
Mine rescue teams from across B.C. gathered last weekend to compete in the 61st annual Provincial Mine Rescue and First Aid Competition, part of the rich history of B.C. mine rescue competitions that date back more than a century.
New Afton excelled in the underground mine categories, placing first in two-thirds of the categories.
Mine safety has not only flourished since the first competition in 1915, it has become an art form — one perfected and assessed each year at the competition. The event pits teams of mine safety and rescue professionals against one another in head-to-head competitions involving simulated mine rescue situations.
The spirited competition is as much an intensive learning opportunity as it is a chance to test emergency response capabilities. Annual events ensure that mine rescue teams throughout the province are trained to the same high standards, and highlight the B.C. mining industry’s commitment to health and safety best practices. Mining continues to be one of the safest heavy industries in the province.
A complete list of the winners follows:
Underground Mine Rescue:
Best Bench Technician Trophy: David Heathfield, Sullivan Mine
USWA Mine Mill Trophy (Best Underground Co-ordinator): New Afton Mine
Richard Booth Award (Best written score for Underground Team): New Afton Mine
Sullivan Cup (Best First Aid by Underground Team): New Afton Mine
Barry Abbott Memorial Trophy (Best Underground Practical Skills): Sullivan Mine
Best Performance in Underground Smoke: Sullivan Mine
Keith Bracewell Memorial Award (Best Obstacle and Recovery): New Afton Mine
Levitt Safety Fire Trophy (Underground): New Afton
Overall Underground winner: New Afton
Three Person First Aid: Greenhills Mine
Kathy Lofstrom Memorial Trophy (Best three-person coach: Amand Cunliffe
Open Pit Mine Rescue:
Ron Brown Memorial (Best Extrication for Surface Team): Elkview Mine
Maurice Boisse Memorial Trophy (Best Practical Bench Skills): Elkview Mine
Levitt Fire Trophy: Greenhills Mine
East Kootenay Mines Industrial Safety Association Trophy (Best Written): Elkview Mine
HVC Highest non-aggregate points: Greenhills Mine
Overall Surface winner: Greenhills Mine
Chief Inspectors Award: Gerry Wong, Highland Valley Copper
The following were also awarded though not as part of the competition:
The John T Ryan National Mine Safety Award:
- Greenhills Teck Coal - National Coal Award
- New Afton Mine - New Gold Inc - Regional Award Winner for BC Yukon