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