The three-man first aid team from Quinsam Coal brought home the trophy from the annual B.C. mining first aid and rescue competition. From the left are Warren Stratton

Mine rescue team wins

Teams from two local mines brought home awards from the 56th annual Provincial Mine Rescue and First Aid Competition in Revelstoke on June 11.

Teams from two local mines brought home awards from the 56th annual Provincial Mine Rescue and First Aid Competition in Revelstoke on June 11.

The team of Warren Stratton, Forest Tyers and Stuart McLean from Quinsam Coal captured the Three Person Miners’ First Aid trophy. They were led by Matt Vooro who was named the top coach.

The other trophy was won by the Myra Falls operation for Best First Aid by an underground team.

The annual competition was designed to simulate real-life situations and test skills in first aid, extrication, firefighting, rope work and general mine rescue knowledge. Trophies were awarded to the best three-person miner first aid team, as well as for excellence in underground mine rescue. Mines are required to provide emergency response, which led the B.C. mining industry to be a model for health and safety practices worldwide.