National & International Competitions

National & International Competitions

National Western Region Mine Rescue Competition (NWRMRC)

Fernie Mine Rescue Competition information

The National Western Regional Mine Rescue Competition (NWRMRC) takes place in Fernie every two years.

Provincial and Territorial Surface and Underground Mine Rescue winners from Western Canada Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Yukon and Northwest Territories/Nunavut as well, as the winning surface and underground teams from the Northwestern United States make up the competition. Each team participates in five tasks including first aid, fire and smoke simulation, rope task 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.

Source: Fernie Mine Rescue Competition website

International Mine Rescue Body (IMRB)

The International Mine Rescue Body (IMRB) Conference is a world-class mine rescue bi-ennial event.

It is one of those rare opportunities for mining and mine rescue professionals from around the world to gather and share their knowledge and expertise.

It is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to meet with mine rescue and emergency response experts and industry leaders from around the world. There are experts from over 20 countries that attend this biennial conference.