Manitoba Mine Rescue


2016 Manitoba Provincial Mine Rescue Heroes

2017 Manitoba Provincial Mine Rescue Competition

May 12-13, 2017, Snow Lake, Manitoba

The Manitoba Provincial Mine Rescue Competition has been held annually since 1961. It is a two-day event in which teams are judged on first aid, fire fighting, knowledge, obstacle and recovery and practical skills. For more information on these events, click here.

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.

2017 participating teams

  • Hudbay Snow Lake
  • Klondex Mines
  • Hudbay Flin Flon
  • Vale Manitoba Operations
  • Tanco

Description of Mine Rescue events

Event Descriptions

Past competitions

Our 2016 provincial Manitoba Mine Rescue Heroes

Mine Rescue Heroes

2016 Provincial Winner

Click here for a list of current and previous winners

2016 Technician Competition Winner

Click here for a list of current and previous technician awards

2016 Fire Fighting Challenge Winner

2016 Practical Skills Challenge Winner

Vale-Manitoba Operations Are Provincial Mine Rescue Champions For The Second Year In A Row

THOMPSON, MANITOBA, MAY 28, 2016 For its 55th year, the 2016 Manitoba Provincial Mine Rescue Competition was a tremendous success.

At the two-day annual event, teams from Hudbay Flin Flon, Hudbay Snow Lake, Vale-Manitoba Operations and Tanco were represented and competed in an underground and First Aid mine rescue mission, practical skills, a written exam, firefighting and Technician Competition. The winner of the event for the second year in a row was Vale- Manitoba Operations. This marks the 10th time Vale has been declared champions since 1961. Hudbay Flin Flon took home the runner-up award.

Read more here

2016 Provincial Mine Rescue Team Roster

Team Roster

Provincial Mine Rescue Competitions

The Manitoba Provincial Mine Rescue Competition has been held annually since 1961 in Manitoba. It is a two day event in which teams are judged on first aid, fire fighting, knowledge, obstacle and recovery and practical skills (for more information on these events, click here [add the pdf entitled event description]. Mine rescue teams from across Manitoba. This past year, there were four teams representing Vale-Manitoba Operations, Hudbay Snow Lake, Hudbay Flin Flon and Tanco. The competition is organized through the Manitoba Mine Rescue Organization and host mine. These competitions test the completeness of our emergency response plans and competencies of our response personnel; essential in continuing to provide the same high level of rescue services across the province. The competition is hosted on a rotational basis with the operating mines in Manitoba.

From 1961 to 1970, judges for the mine rescue competition travelled from station to station to evaluate the individual teams. In 1970, this format was changed, to have the teams travel to one location for the competition. Mine rescue competitions continue to be the focal point for skill testing and camaraderie. The winning team receives the trophy and members received an engraved flame lamp from MAPAM to commemorate the occasion. In 2009, the flame safety lamp was replaced with a limited edition statue, commissioned by MAPAM and created by artist Ernie Fauvelle.

2006 was the first year all competing teams wore the BG 4 at the annual Manitoba Provincial Mine Rescue Competition.

In the 1992 competition, Draeger Canada & National Mine Service donated a runner up trophy for the teams competing. The members of the runner up team receive a plaque from Sling Choker as a memento of the competition.

1992 introduced the Technician Competition to the Provincials. This part of the competition was introduced to test the knowledge of the personnel who maintained and took care of the BG 174's. In 1997 National Mine Supply and Draeger donated a new trophy for the competition. The competition changed with the introduction of the BG 4's. The judges had to find a component common in all the stations and set the competition up for that component. With all teams now using the BG 4, the competition focuses on the technical part of the breathing apparatus and current equipment in use at all stations by the Mine Rescue Personnel. The technician most proficient during the competition receives the trophy and appropriate recognition.

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 has an opportunity 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