Newmont’s mine rescue teams have to be at the top of their game every minute of every day. To help prepare our teams for virtually every emergency situation imaginable, we provide specialized training and stage mock rescues.
Newmont’s Carlin mine rescue team at the National Championships.
Each year, the mine rescue teams at our Nevada operations showcase their abilities on a national stage at the annual National Mine Rescue Competition. Sponsored by the Nevada Mining Association, the competition is considered the closest thing to the real thing and a good measure of each team’s aptitude.
This year’s competition was held from July 30 to August 1 in Reno, Nevada. Two of Newmont’s Nevada mine rescue teams – the Carlin Surface Mine rescue team and the Midas Underground Mine rescue team – delivered outstanding performance to advance to the finals, with the Carlin team ultimately securing the national title.
The first two days of the contest consisted of qualifying events where judges – representatives from the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration – narrowed the field of competitors from 31 teams to 10. Qualifying rounds included first aid scenarios with “patients,” with simulated injuries, and a team technical challenge, which tested the ability of the rescuers to safely check and set up the life safety equipment needed in an actual rescue. Judges used a point system to evaluate how well teams adhered to rescue procedures and how quickly they completed specific tasks. The 10 teams with the most points competed in a final event on the third day of the contest.
Newmont Nevada mine rescue team.
This year, the final event was a field problem that required mine rescue teams to traverse a mock mine in search of missing miners while overcoming ventilation issues and other hazards. Both the Carlin and Midas teams completed the field competition, and the final tally of points for the three-day event put Carlin out in front of all other finalists. Newmont’s Carlin team is the first Nevada team to win a national title.
“With their increasing successes, including their stellar performances at this year’s Nationals, our mine rescue teams have garnered much attention from around the country,” said Tom Kerr, senior vice president, Newmont North America. “We greatly appreciate the hard work and dedication of our mine rescue teams and all our other internal emergency responders, and we applaud their important role in our Safety Journey.”