Gahcho Kué team wins mine rescue title in BC

Members of the team are, from left, Captain Rod Williams, Adam Jordens, Emerson Squires, Dan Beaulieu, Mason Ellwood, Ashley Steinwand, and Craig Wood, alternate Evan Beaudreau and Emergency Response Team Coordinators Richard Church and Jon Gale. Photo courtesy of De Beers Group.
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The Gahcho Kué Mine Emergency Response Team won the title of National Western Region Overall Surface Winner following a strong performance at the biennial mine rescue competition held in Fernie, BC.

Ten of the top mine rescue teams from across western Canada and the northwestern United States took part in the competition from September 6th-7th. The seven-member team won the overall title by winning two of the seven surface events, including the challenging Surface Smoke Search and First Aid challenges, placing second in the Fire competition, and scoring well in the four other categories.

This was the second time the Gahcho Kué team has participated in the event. In 2017 in just its first full year of mining operations, the team won the Surface Smoke Search obstacle.

Lyndon Clark, Mine General Manager noted he was extremely proud to witness the level of professionalism, skill and hard work by all members of the Gahcho Kué team during the competition,

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“Their performance exemplifies the level of commitment to safety and success shown by everyone who works at Gahcho Kué.”

Since the mine opened in 2016, the team has an impressive list of accomplishments such as
winning four national western region trophies and 11 NWT/Nunavut mine rescue awards, including winning the overall Surface Mine Rescue competition champions in 2018 and 2019.

The Gahcho Kué Mine is located in the NWT about 280 km northeast of Yellowknife.

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