On May 5, 2017, Raglan Mine welcomed the 55th Provincial Mine Rescue Competition in Rouyn- Noranda. The competition aims to validate the rescue training program, to experiment new tools and response protocols, and to demonstrate the rescuers' emergency response expertise in underground mine environments. While the level of expertise demanded from mine rescue teams goes one step up year after year, our rescue team took on the challenge with great success.
The Raglan Mine Rescue Team received the award for Best Performance – First Aid in a full room of 350 persons. The grand winner of this year's competition is Agnico Eagle's La Ronde Mine Rescue Team.
Charles Levac, Manager – Risks, Prevention and Environment at Raglan Mine, explains the purpose of this competition: "The Provincial Mining Rescue Competition is an opportunity for mining companies to validate their training program and knowledge in simulated emergency situations. Today the role of mining rescuers extends well beyond interventions in emergency situations; these people have a proactive approach to prevention, doing more upstream work to prevent situations dangerous for themselves and their colleagues from arising."
"All mining rescuers are committed leaders, true models of courage, and we are proud to count them as colleagues", concludes Kristan Straub, Vice President of Raglan Mine.
The 56th Provincial Mine Rescue Competition will be hosted by Stornoway Mine in Longueuil, in May 2018.