As part of our commitment to safe and responsible mining, Kinross Brazil recently partnered with the civil defense and local first responders to host an emergency training simulation for community members in the Caçu and Cachoeira Alta communities located near Kinross’ hydroelectric plants.
Over 100 community members participated in one of two training simulations to gain a better understanding of our emergency preparedness plans in the unlikely event of a dam failure.
“The simulation was very important to our community. We are thankful to Kinross for hosting this event to provide us with more information and to help us remain calm and prepared in the event of an emergency,” said Lourival Fracisco Barbosa, a resident of the Caçu community.
The simulation kicked off with the activation of sirens from the plant and volunteers from Paracatu’s tailings, hydroplant, communications and community relations teams guiding participants along evacuation routes to the safety meeting point. Once they arrived, they received a short presentation on emergency best practices, and had the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback to the Kinross team.
As a result, the community members now have a thorough understanding of the emergency procedures related to our dams, and were able to share their thoughts on areas for improvement.
“At Kinross, we believe in a culture of risk prevention and proactively identifying areas where we can be impacted,” said Ana Cunha, Government Relations and Social Responsibility Director. “The emergency training simulation is an excellent example of risk prevention. We are both training our community members, and gaining insightful feedback from them on areas where we may have gaps. This is an opportunity to have two-way dialogue with our neighbours centered around our common goal of protecting health and safety.”