Manitoba Mine Rescue

Manitoba Mine Rescue

Manitoba Provincial Mine Rescue Competition

The Manitoba Provincial Mine Rescue Competition has been held annually since 1961.It is a two-day event which tests the teams' mining emergency response knowledge, firefighting skills, first aid response, use of emergency equipment and decision-making ability under stress during a simulated mine rescue mission.

These competitions test the completeness of our emergency response plans and competencies of our response personnel, which is essential for ongoing provision of consistent, high level rescue services across the province. The competition takes place at a different operating mine each year, on a rotational basis.

For more information, see below.

2017 participating teams & roster

Full list of team rosters

Hudbay Snow Lake

Klondex Mines

Hudbay Flin Flon

Vale Manitoba Operations

Tanco

Description of Mine Rescue events

Event Descriptions

Our 2017 provincial Manitoba Mine Rescue Heroes

Mine Rescue Heroes

2017 Provincial Winner

Hudbay Flin Flon

View list of current and previous winners

2017 Runner Up

Hudbay Snow Lake

2017 Technician Competition Winner

Simon Nolan, Tanco

View list of current and previous winners

2017 Fire Fighting Challenge Winner

Vale Manitoba Operations

2017 First Aid & 2017 Written Exam

Hudbay Flin Flon

2017 Practical Skills Challenge Winner

Captain Todd Yusko, Vale Manitoba Operations, Hudbay Flin Flon, Hudbay Snow Lake, Tanco & Klondex

Provincial Mine Rescue Competitions

Mining provides some of the safest jobs in the province of Manitoba. The Manitoba Provincial Mine Rescue Competition is a vital part of keeping our personnel safe. The annual competition tests the completeness of our emergency response plans and demonstrates the expertise and abilities of our emergency response personnel. Over time, the competition has integrated the newest technology and methods available that help our mine rescue personnel provide the same high level rescue services across the province. Below are some key milestones in our provincial competition history:

  • 1961: the Manitoba mining industry holds the first annual provincial mine rescue competition. Judges travel from site to site to evaluate the individual teams
  • 1970: Teams start travelling to one location where the competition is held
  • 1974: Some teams begin holding their own local competitions where they determine the winning team which represents their company at the provincial mine rescue competition
  • 1992: We introduce the first technician competition during the provincial mine rescue competition. This tests the knowledge of the personnel who maintain the breathing apparatus

Today, there are 6 events involved in the competition. The scenarios change each year, but the events themselves stay the same. The competition is hosted on a rotational basis with the operating mines in Manitoba and has been held in Thompson, Snow Lake, Flin Flon, Winnipeg, Lac du Bonnet and Pinawa. The provincial competitions draw approximately 100 people, including spectators, team members and representatives, dignitaries and volunteers.

Mine rescue teams from operating mines compete across Manitoba. Mine rescue personnel train and prepare for this role outside of their regular jobs. They are committed to their team and their colleagues' safety. There is a strong sense of camaraderie at the provincial competition, where they learn from one another and support each other.

Mine rescue personnel from different sites are tested and held to uniform standards. This ensures consistency in mine rescue services across the province. Most competing teams hold their own local competitions to determine the winning team who will represent their company in the Provincial Mine Rescue Competition. These competitions are run by each individual company in the weeks leading up to the provincial competition, and structured similarly.

The winner of the Manitoba Provincial Mine Rescue Competition is eligible to compete in the National Western Region Mine Rescue Competition, held bi-annually in Fernie, BC.

To our Mine Rescuers

We wear the Mine Rescue crest proudly as an emblem of commitment to excellence.

This emblem is forged and reinforced with the strength of leadership and expertise that comes from the groups in each of our mines represented by those who compete every year during the Mine Rescue Competition.

The mine rescue member:

  • Trains hard and takes the training very seriously
  • Does not seek honour or prestige but strives for perfection in technique and precision of execution as they face the tasks presented before them
  • Is committed to the team and attached to the pursuit of a successful mission
  • Does not seek fear or danger but faces both with valor that supersedes common understanding
  • Asks for nothing in recognition but deserves all that we as the mining industry can give them

The true reward for this person comes directly after the BG-4 masks come off; the brow sweat is wiped away; and the Captain looks at each person with pride in his or her eyes and says: "Well done team, good job."

You are the best of the best.

On a daily basis, you allow our mining colleagues to travel great distances below the earth's surface with confidence, knowing that if something goes wrong, someone is coming to get them.

You are the Manitoba Mine Rescue.

And we are so damn proud of you.
Thank you!

- Written by Kirk Regular (Co-chair, Safety & Mine Rescue), delivered during the 2013 Manitoba Mine Rescue Competition on May 25, 2013