Kinross Bald Mountain supports American Red Cross forest fire relief in Reno

 Kinross Bald Mountain recently provided supplies and resources to the American Red Cross to support victims and first responders of the Caldor forest fires near Lake Tahoe.

The fires  have spread across over 217,000 acres, causing three counties to be evacuated. As a result, water resources have been limited and the Red Cross requested cases of water for those affected  and first responders.

When Marcus Burwell, Supply Chain Superintendent, Bald Mountain, heard about the request from our Community Relations team, he acted quickly and gathered 168 cases of the mine’s available water supply – over 600 gallons of water –  and almost 500 packets of hydration powder.

The challenge became how to transport the water over 300 miles to the Red Cross site in Reno, Nevada. Jason Cooley, Health and Safety Specialist, Bald Mountain, heard about the cause and offered his personal trailer for transportation while Tim Chapmen, Health and Safety General Foreman, suggested using the mine rescue truck to tow the trailer. Within four hours of receiving the request, the Bald Mountain team had secured the necessary resources and addressed the transportation challenge to be able to deliver the supplies to the Red Cross.

The next morning, Tim Chapmen and Matthew Miller, CSR Specialist, Bald Mountain, drove the supplies 300 miles (~500 kilometres) to Reno, providing a 24-hour turnaround delivery from when the request was received.

“I am very proud of how our site came together to support those in need by  using our resources to make a difference in our community,” said Adriano Sobreira, Vice-President and General Manager, Bald Mountain. “This is an example of how our employees live our values not only in their day-to-day tasks but within their community and how as a family we put people first. Thank you to our team members who volunteered for this task and made a positive impact.”

Red Cross representatives with cases of water from our Bald Mountain team

The pallets of water arrive at the Red Cross in Reno, Nevada
The Bald Mountain team loads up two pallets containing over 160 cases of water to be transported to Reno
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