Mine Rescue

To improve the coordination of mine rescue operations, the Québec Mining Association has established the CATAMINE program to coordinate actions and the dispatch of equipment in an emergency. Each year, the QMA distributes an exhaustive list of individuals and equipment available. The CATAMINE Committee makes it easier for mines to provide each other with assistance if a major accident or disaster occurs. CATAMINE works with the mine rescue team at the CNESST, which trains volunteer rescuers, to draft the mine rescue training handbook (Manuel de formation en sauvetage minier), provide input for discussions, and support initiatives to improve underground rescue techniques and the equipment used by mine rescue teams.