After a three-year COVID hiatus, this June the 64th annual Provincial Mine Rescue and First Aid Competition was back in action in person in Williams Lake, BC. This exciting, family-friendly event highlights the safety-forward focus of the mining community, bringing together mine rescue teams from across British Columbia to test their emergency response and rescue abilities in both surface and underground competitions. This year the event showcased 4 underground and 6 surface teams.
New Afton’s Fire and Mine Rescue team showcased the hard work they have put in by winning Best Team in Smoke as well as Best Bench Technician. Pictured top left, New Afton’s 2023 team (left to right) is Wayde Bartholet, Corey Beeton, Kyle Morgan, Erik Dube, Brandon Moe, Wes Hunko, Jarvis Manuel and Carson Fraser. From Fire Chief Carson Fraser as well as the entire New Afton organization, we congratulate the New Afton Fire and Mine Rescue Team on their great work!
With the dedication of our organization and the support of Fire and Mine Rescue team, New Afton is a proud recipient of the JT Ryan Award as the safest large underground mine in BC.