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.
Mine rescue competitions are a great way to meet the miners from your community and learn about one of Canada's most prosperous industries, and the driving force behind the economy of the Elk Valley. Much of the competition is held at the Fernie Community Centre & Arena Parking Lot.
The Competition is currently in the planning stages and more details will be available soon. Be sure to book accommodation early as this event brings a large number of participants to Fernie.