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The Belle Plaine group placed first among the surface mining teams. Left to Right: Darren Soyka, Jav Steinhauer. Jamie Poulin, Kvana Main, Richard Petit, Brett King, Jason Hetherington

Mosaic Proves its Prowess at the Saskatchewan Mining Association’s 52nd Annual Emergency Response and Mine Rescue Competition

June 28, 2022

How would you respond to a workplace emergency? Fire? Injury? Rescue situation? Most of us believe we would rise to the occasion, that our safety training would kick in and allow us to calmly implement rehearsed emergency response plans.

Emergency Response Teams (ERTs) from Mosaic’s Belle Plaine, Colonsay and Esterhazy facilities showcased their skills and put their training to the test at the Saskatchewan Mining Association’s 52nd Annual Emergency Response and Mine Rescue Skills Competition earlier this month.

The Belle Plaine group placed first among the surface mining teams. Left to Right: Darren Soyka, Jav Steinhauer. Jamie Poulin, Kvana Main, Richard Petit, Brett King, Jason HetheringtonThe Belle Plaine group placed first among the surface mining teams. Left to Right: Darren Soyka, Jav Steinhauer. Jamie Poulin, Kvana Main, Richard Petit, Brett King, Jason Hetherington

Fifteen teams from potash, coal, uranium and gold mining operations around Saskatchewan met to compete in events including first aid, firefighting, proficiency, practical skills and surface rope rescues. 

Mosaic’s teams had a strong showing, winning first place in five of 11 events and second place in four events. Mosaic Belle Plaine took first place overall in the surface mining teams category, while Esterhazy placed second in the underground mining response category.

“A big thank you for a great week and event hosted by the Saskatchewan Mining Association. It was my first Provincial event in Saskatchewan and I was truly impressed with the coordination and level of competition of every team that participated — especially ours,” said Kelly Strong, Vice President - Mining. “I’m proud of the teams performance and the amount of hardware they collected! Knowing this type of talent exists within Mosaic gives me even greater confidence in our emergency preparedness.”

At Mosaic, our people are our highest priority - and nothing is more important than ensuring the safety of our employees and contractors. This event not only highlights our talented ERT members but also our commitment to maintaining a safe and healthy environment at all of our facilities. 

Employees who serve ERTs across our North America Business spend countless hours training to ensure they are prepared and ready to respond to potential emergency situations. We thank them for their dedication and service!