The National Western Mine Rescue competition got underway in Fernie today.
Today, teams competed in underground mine rescue competitions at Fernie Memorial Arena. Tomorrow there will be surface mine rescue competitions at the Max Turyk school.
Provincial and Territorial Surface and Underground Mine Rescue winners from Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Yukon and Northwest Territories/Nunavut, as well as the winning surface and underground teams from the Northwestern United States, are taking part in the eleventh biennial competition. Each team participates in five tasks including first aid, fire and smoke simulation, rope task and a written exam.