MERD 2023:

The Colorado School of Mines Mine Rescue Team is proud to host it’s next Mine Emergency Rescue Development (MERD) in February of 2023! We are excited to collaborate with Mine Rescue Teams from across the world and look forward to learning from each other in competition. 


Problem Scenarios for the MERD will be designed and scored using a custom scoring method based on the MSHA 2022 Unified Mine Rescue Rules and Regulations. It is recommended that teams study and prepare based off of these guidelines as a general rule.

underground problem

Your 7-man teams will be tested, underground in the Edgar Experimental Mine in Idaho Springs Colorado. Expect to spend several hours under air, exploring our mine, treating patients, and more.

First aid

A 3-6 man team will be expected to trige, treat patients, and work together in a complex MCI scenario. MCI will be held on CSM Campus. 


The MERD will test every team on maintenance and benching of a Draeger BG-4 or a BioMarine Rebreather. Team Tech will also include 

Innovative Wireless Technology (IWT)

Receive training in the IWT communication boxes. These modular cases are intrinsically safe, portable repeaters which enable radio communications across long distances underground. Ditch your comm lines with this new technology! Courtesy of MSHA.

Technical Ropes Training

Recieve classroom training followed by hands-on practice using SKEDs and basket litters to move a simulated patient up an elevated raise in the Edgar Mine. Courtesy of the Front Range Mine Rescue Team and MSHA. 

maze room and Extra activities

You will be challenged in our underground maze room in the Edgar Experimental Mine… This two story structure is in a completely dark room that can be sealed and filled with fog. Expect tight spaces and loud noise. Bring your kneepads!

Additionally, expect guest speakers from local EMS providers and additional trainings. 



DAY 1: 02/22/2023

Classroom Day and Hands-On Training – Edgar Mine:

  • IWT Training
  • Technical Ropes Training
  • Maze Room Time Trials
  • MCI Medical Training By STADIUM MEDICAL 
DAY 2: 02/23/2023


GROUP A – Edgar Mine:

  • Underground Competition

GROUP B – CSM Campus:

  • Team Tech
  • Benching Problem
  • MCI Scenario + First Aid Quiz
DAY 3: 02/24/2023


GROUP B – Edgar Mine:

  • Underground Competition

GROUP A – On CSM Campus:

  • Team Tech
  • Benching Problem
  • MCI Scenario + First Aid Quiz

Closing Banquet


Please email for a detailed schedule if one is not included if your information packet.