Miners from across British Columbia have flocked to Kimberley to put their skills to the test.
Six mine rescue teams are in the community for a provincial competition starting Thursday.
Chief Judge Jerrold Jewsbury says the Bavarian City’s mining heritage makes it the perfect host.
“With the old Sullivan Mine that is here, we are actually doing a bit of a prelude to the old miners that are here, kind of like a memorial just to say thank you,” Jewsbury says. “They get to come out and watch and give them the honour as well.”
The Sullivan Underground team will represent Kimberley, while crews from Greenhills, Elkview and Coal Mountain in the Elk Valley will also compete.
Jerrold Jewsbury says teams will first compete in zone competitions before moving to the main event at Centennial Park Saturday.
“On the Ministry side of things, we have the opportunity to watch the best of the best of the province,” Jewsbury says. “This helps us gauge our mutual aid response in mining throughout the whole province of British Columbia.”
Competition takes place today at the old Teck site on Jim Ogilvie Way and at Centennial Park Saturday.
– Chief Judge Jerrold Jewsbury, Kimberley Provincial Mine Rescue and First Aid Competition
– Jeff Johnson
(Photo courtesy of www.mining.bc.ca)