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Rescue Efforts Resume in Elliot Lake

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Rescue Efforts Resume in Elliot Lake

McGuinty Government Co-ordinating Specialized Resources to Support Rescue Efforts in Mall Collapse

Ministry of the Solicitor General

Ontario is co-ordinating the deployment of additional resources to help in the rescue operations at the collapsed Algo Centre Mall in Northern Ontario's Elliot Lake.

More resources are arriving to help in the rescue efforts, including:

  • A large specialized crane and other heavy equipment from Priestly Demolition Inc.
  • Robots designed for mine rescue operations, equipped with cameras and sound equipment.
  • The province is working with Canadian Forces, who have offered any support required by emergency responders on the scene.
  • A civil engineer and mining engineer from Vale Inco are on standby to provide advice.
  • A Heavy Urban Search and Rescue team from Manitoba is standing by.
  • Other resources are being identified and placed on standby to be deployed as needed.
The McGuinty government is committed to exhausting all alternatives in these rescue efforts in order to bring peace of mind to those families waiting for word of their loved ones.

Quick Facts

  • Already onsite are 37 members and a structural engineer of Toronto Heavy Urban Search and Rescue (HUSAR), along with 10 members and 2 medics of OPP Urban Search and Rescue, Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear Response Team (UCRT).

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“We have taken this step in an effort to support the outstanding efforts of those emergency responders and agencies already on site. We appreciate their ongoing dedication and hard work in this difficult and demanding situation.”

Madeleine Meilleur

Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services

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