Sup­port for FIFO fam­i­lies

Pilbara News - - Resources -

The fly-in, fly-out life isn’t ev­ery­one’s cup of tea.

So resources com­pany Rio Tinto re­cently flew up more than 1300 fam­ily and friends of its FIFO staff for a 3000km round trip to check out what it’s like to live and work in the out­back mines of the Pil­bara.

The trips in­cluded mine tours and get­ting close to the large equip­ment used.

Yandi­coogina min­ing op­er­a­tion mine ser­vice man­ager Ashley Ar­marego said FIFO fam­ily days had been grow­ing in the past few years and were highly an­tic­i­pated events for em­ploy­ees and their loved ones.

“I have been in­volved in th­ese over the past few years and ev­ery time we have over­whelm­ing feed­back on the day and af­ter­wards about how re­as­sur­ing it is for fam­i­lies and friends of our FIFO em­ploy­ees to see and feel first­hand what it is like to work and live in the Pil­bara,” he said.

“We know how much they care about their loved ones and we want them to see how we care for them when they are work­ing for us on the min­ing op­er­a­tion.

“We be­lieve the fam­ily days pro­vide an im­por­tant op­por­tu­nity to pro­mote un­der­stand­ing of our op­er­a­tions and ac­com­mo­da­tion vil­lages, and helps ev­ery­one feel more con­nected even when they are phys­i­cally apart.

“This year, the emer­gency re­sponse teams’ ca­pa­bil­ity and the he­li­copter emer­gency med­i­cal ser­vice was pro­filed, which is re­as­sur­ing to fam­i­lies, that in an emer­gency, we are pro­vid­ing the best pos­si­ble ca­pa­bil­ity to han­dle the sit­u­a­tion.”

Pic­ture: Rio Tinto

Fam­ily and friends go on a Pil­bara mine tour as part of Rio Tinto’s FIFO fam­ily day.

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