14th Biennial National Western Region Mine Rescue Competition

Congratulations to the winners from the 14th Biennial National Western Region Mine Rescue Competition, and thank you to all the sponsors, volunteers and competitors who made the 2019 event such a success!


Bench Technician Clint Hollingshead- Esterhazy
Best Written Diavik Rio Tinto
Fire Mosaic Potash Esterhazy
First Aid Myra Falls
Practical Skills Mosaic Potash Esterhazy
Smoke/Search Mosaic Potash Esterhazy
Obstacle/Recovery Mosaic Potash Esterhazy
Best Overall  Mosaic Potash Esterhazy


Extrication Highland Valley Copper
Fire Coal Valley Westmoreland
First Aid  Gahcho Kue De Beers
Practical Skills Highland Valley Copper
Ropes Albian Sands
Smoke/Search  Gahcho Kue De Beers
Written Line Creek 
Best Overall  Gahcho Kue De Beers


The City of Fernie is pleased to host the 14th Biennial National Western Region Mine Rescue Competition September 5, 6, &7th, 2019.  We have been hosting the National Western Region Mine Rescue competition since 1993.

This National Mine Rescue Competition showcases the vast knowledge, training, commitment, and professionalism that mining emergency response and rescue teams dedicate themselves to keeping their mines and co-workers as safe as possible, every day. Championship Surface and Underground teams from across Canada and the United States will compete in seven categories that simulate potential mining accidents and scenarios that require Mine Rescue Teams to respond to.

We invite the public to come and show your support for the mine rescue emergency response teams by spectating at the competitions over the weekend. You can come and watch the simulated Underground tasks at the Fernie Curling Club Friday September 6th, and the Surface competition at the Fernie Aquatic Centre grounds Saturday September 7th. Come show your support and enjoy food trucks, entertainment for children, tradeshow vendors and gain an insight into the intensity of emergency response scenarios and all it entails from the mine rescue teams.

Sponsorship and Tradeshow:

The 2019 National Western Region Mine Rescue Competition Tradeshow will be located at the Fernie Community Center (902 Highway 3) on Thursday September 5th from 5:00-8:00pm. 

The City of Fernie invites your business to demonstrate support and dedication of all those involved in emergency response and mine rescue, by providing a level of sponsorship and/or donation of products or services. Your sponsorship will reach a vast audience of miners, industrial companies and businesses, emergency response corporations and service providers, as well as other stakeholders, families and friends of mine rescue. Thank you in advance for your consideration of sponsorship and support. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any inquiries or require further information. 

For information on the 2019 Event, please see below documents:

2019 Competition Rules and Guidelines

2019 Sponsorship Package 

Accommodation Discounts 

NWRMRC History 

Tradeshow Information

Itemized Sponsorship Opportunities

Mine Rescue Teams 

Task Descriptors 

Thank You Sponsors 

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