Ontario's Historical Plaques
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Mine Rescue Stations
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According to an email I received May 31, 2006, from George Nassas, this plaque is missing due to construction at the site.
The City of Greater Sudbury
At the Big Nickel, on the east side of Big Nickel Mine Road (Road 34), a short distance north off Road 55 West of Sudbury.
Coordinates: N 46 28.418 W 81 02.042
When 39 miners were asphyxiated in the 1928 Hollinger mine fire in Timmins, public concern prompted the province to set up mine rescue sites in Timmins (1929), Sudbury (1930) and Kirkland Lake (1932). The stations provided bases for rescue teams hand picked from miners who volunteered for the dangerous work. Funded by an annual levy on mining companies, they stocked emergency gear and operated special smoke rooms for training rescuers. In later years more stations were established and instruction was extended to deal with rockbursts, floods, bulkhead failures and other mining hazards. Ontario mines have used the equipment and training provided by the stations to run a mine rescue system that responds quickly and effectively to emergencies in their work places.
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Posted November 13, 2008
I have been told by the staff at Dynamic Earth that this plaque was relocated to Timmins. Possibly the Mine Rescue Station there.
Jim Fortin, Curator, City of Greater Sudbury Heritage Museums.
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