No events involving fire will be part of a national mine rescue competition in Fernie.
This as teams from eight different provinces, territories and US states come to the community for the 13th time to take part in the event, including Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Yukon, Northwest Territories/Nunavut, Wyoming and Nevada.
Committee Chair and Mayor Mary Giuliano says wildfires have led to more precautions to keep the city safe.
“The people organizing all of the tasks understand what is going on with fire all around us,” Giuliano says. “So they are especially careful that nothing that is going to be done will cause any sort of fire.”
Giuliano says she has no concerns with the event going ahead, as those involved are highly trained to deal with disasters.
Teams from the Greenhills and Elkview mines locally are also taking part.
The National Western Region Mine Rescue Competition gets started 8 AM Friday with the underground competition at the Memorial Arena,
A surface competition follows on Saturday at the Fernie Public Works Yard.
(Photo from a past mine rescue competition from the City of Fernie)
– Mine Rescue Competition Committee Chair and Fernie Mayor, Mary Giuliano
– Jeff Johnson