14th Biennial Western Region Mine Rescue Competition
Fernie welcomes Mine Rescue Teams from across Western Canada and the Northern US for three days of intense competition.
Provincial and Territorial Surface and Underground Mine Rescue winners from Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Yukon, Northwest Territories/Nunavut, and the Northwestern United States will be arriving in Fernie to participate in a series of tasks to test their skill, teamwork, and mine safety knowledge. The five tasks include first aid, fire and smoke simulation, rope skills and a written exam.
Surprisingly; a good portion of the general public are not aware of what mine rescue is and the impact that it has on our communities and families. Mine rescue team members are your neighbours or the face in the crowd who you recognize as a member of the community; they are sometimes the first person to come upon an accident. You may not know at the time, but you are in good hands.
The intense training and numerous hours these individuals put in to hone their skills prior to competing and the teamwork and support from their families all contribute to the competitor’s success during the competition. Camaraderie, sportsmanship and the sense of pride to be a member of a mine rescue team all contribute to a high energy competition where teams compete against their peers; where the stakes are high and competition is fierce.