40th Annual Alberta Surface Mine Rescue Competition
The Alberta Mine Safety Association and Imperial Oil are proud to co-host the 40th Annual Provincial Mine Rescue Competition on June 10, 2023 at the Trans Alta Tri Leisure Centre in Spruce Grove, Alberta.
Mine Rescue team members are an elite group with specialized skills and training, whose job involves rescuing miners and others who have become trapped or injured in the event of a mining incident.
Competing Surface Mine Rescue teams from the province of Alberta will put on a display of their rescue techniques to win the top spot and the prestige of their peers. The competition provides an opportunity for the public, industry and the Province to gauge the capabilities of mine rescue in Industry today.
Industry contributors and sponsors are highly valued and relied upon to make the event run successfully. We hope that you will be able to assist us with this year’s event. Sponsorship opportunities can be in the form of cash, volunteering or donated/discounted materials.
Safety is our way of life
The first mine rescue teams in Alberta were formed in response to the Frank Slide in 1903 and the Bellevue Explosion in 1910. In 1911 mine rescue stations sprouted up in each of Alberta’s mining districts. Crowsnest Pass Rescue Station #1 operated out of a converted rail passenger car. It was centered in Blairmore and could be rapidly transported to any mine in the Pass.
The Alberta Mine Safety Association (AMSA) was formed in December 1982. The principal reason was to look for opportunities to make mining safe for all Albertans. The committee works collaboratively with the Government of Alberta. The committee is non-government funded. The AMSA Mine Rescue Committee operates under the direction of the AMSA main committee. The MR Committee develops standards, training material and oversees the direction of Mine Rescue in the province.