PRC Mine Rescue Team First in North

Trent Ernst, Editor


On Thursday June 5, 2014 Anglo American, Peace River Coal Operations competed in the Annual British Columbia Mine Rescue Competition, held this year in Smithers.

When the dust settled, the team had taken first place in the North.

The team, lead by Captain Delainy Berry, scored top marks in three out of five areas: fire/smoke, written and bench. They placed second in ropes and second in First Aid to get them the win and an advancement to the provincials, which took place later that day.

This is the 59th year for the Mine Rescue Competition, and saw 17 teams from across the province, representing both surface and underground operations. In addition, there is a third category, three person first aid.

The event features life-like simulations that test skills in firefighting, first aid, rope rescue, extrication and general mine rescue knowledge.

The winner of the Three Person First Aid competition was the team from Huckleberry Mines, an open-pit copper mine about an hour south of Smithers.

The underground competition was won by Nystar-Myra Falls, a multi-metal mine on Vancouver Island, while the overall surface category winner was Teck’s mine rescue team from their Elkford Operations.

“British Columbia has a long history of mine rescue and the mine rescue teams and personnel not only keep their fellow workers safe at the mine, but also contribute to the health and safety of their communities.  We are proud of the mining industry’s track record as one of the safest heavy industries and our sector-wide commitment to continuous improvement”, says Karina Briño, President and CEO of the Mining Association of BC.

This is the second year in a row that Anglo’s team has moved on to provincials, and, while they were shut out in the competition, they were recognized by teams and judges for their exceptional performance in the Fire Task, and overall First Aid performance.

The team consisted of Delainy Barry, Shane Muise, Justin Pouloit, Kristen Hough, Christopher Dokkie and Anthony Coulson. They were coached and coordinated by Eliza Brodie and Jennifer Dobbie.

The team would like to thank specifically the Tumbler Ridge Fire Department for their continuous support and training. As well as HSE Integrated Ltd out of Fort St. John for their help with our equipment.