Canadian Mine Rescue Associations and Competitions


Mine rescue is the specialized job of rescuing miners and others who have become trapped or injured on the site of a mine. Team members do not seek honour or prestige but strive for perfection in technique and precision of execution as they face the tasks presented before them. To spread the knowledge of the good work these teams do daily we’ve comprised a list of Associations and Competitions in Canada.

[D4H] has been talking to customers involved in Mine rescue. They’ve talked a lot about the importance of local knowledge and community. Most mine rescue teams are composed of miners who know the mine and are familiar with the mine machinery they may encounter during the rescue, the layout and geological conditions.

Local and state governments may have teams on call ready to respond to mine accidents and it not uncommon for them to run competitions for these teams………...

- Alberta Mine Safety Association

The first mine rescue teams in Alberta were formed in response to the Frank Slide in 1903 and the Bellevue Explosion in 1910. The Alberta Mine Rescue Association (AMSA) was formed in December 1982. The principal reason to make mining safe for all Albertans. They regularilly hold competitions with the most recent competion co-hosted with Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.

- British Columbia Mine Rescue

Mine rescue has a proud and rich tradition in British Columbia. The first mine rescue instructors were appointed by the Provincial Government in 1912. By the end of 1914, 102 people were certified in mine rescue. British Columbia Mine Rescue holds competitions regularly and aims to ensure both the mining industry and the BC government continue to be committed to mine rescue excellence to ensure an excellent standard of emergency preparedness for mine workers.

- Mines Accidents Preventions Association of Manitoba

In Manitoba, mine rescue capabilities are the responsibility of the operating mines and managed by Mines Accident and Prevention Association of Manitoba (MAPAM). In the past 15 years Manitoba competitions have been held underground in operating mines. The purpose of this is to allow mine rescue personnel to hon their skills in a realistic environment.

- Newfoundland and Labrador Mine Rescue

The Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission (WHSCC) is responsible for regulation of mine rescue training and certification in the Newfoundland & Labrador Region. Today each underground mine has at least one certified mine rescue trainer, a mine rescue team and a fully equipped rescue sub station. The scale of these operations can be so vast and remote that often larger isolated mines have fully equipped aircraft firefighting response vehicles.

- Northwest Territories Mine Rescue

In the Northwest Territories, mine rescue has changed from being a predominantly underground fire fighting service to a full rescue service. Response duties of mine rescue teams can be on surface and underground and entail fire fighting, first responder services and high angle rescue. These activities are regulated by Northwest Territories Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission (WHCC) who regularly run competitions for the Territories Mine Rescue Teams.

- Quebec Mine Rescue

Quebec Mine rescue is a partnership between The La Commission de la Sante et de La Securite du Travail du Quebec (CSST) and L'Assocation miniere du Quebec (AMQ). The Quebec mine rescue programme started in 1948, one year after a fire at the East Malartic Mine, where 12 miners died. Quebec currently has 450 mine rescuers.

- Ontario Mine Rescue

Ontario Mine Rescue (OMR) is part of Work Place Safety North (WSN), it was created in 1929 following the Hollinger Mine Fire that claimed the lives of 39 miners. OMR has trained thousands of volunteers who have fought fires, rescued injured personnel and responded to many incidents in Ontario Mines. OMR holds many regional competitions every year that act as qualifiers for a provincial contest.

- Saskatchewan Mine Rescue

The Government of Saskatchewan is responsible for the Saskatchewan Mine Rescue Program. In cooperation with the Provincial Chief of Mines and Mine Rescue Instructors Forum who meet regularily to give guidance on Mine Rescue in Saskatchewan to ensure that there is advancement and standarization in response. The importance of Standarization was clear when mutual assistance from mines was required to respond to the K2 Mine Fire in January 2006Mine rescue competitions are regularly run by Saskatchewan Mining Association.

- Final Thought

Here in [D4H] we're always interested in anything that aids responders in improving their capabilities. Being able to track qualifications and experience is one of the reasons we created [D4H] Personnel and Training.

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