Kinross’ Echo Bay Exploration recently partnered with multiple stakeholders in the Curlew community, located in Washington State, to construct a 40×40 foot helicopter landing zone for emergency services.
The project, led by FPD14 Fire and EMS divisions in North Ferry County, was a response to a need to replace the current helipad – located in a remote area – with a more accessible location for the community that would provide quick and efficient transportation in the event of an emergency.
Kinross stepped in to provide funding for the asphalt required to make the landing zone a permanent fixture for the community, partnering with other stakeholders in the area who donated engineering and construction resources to make the project a reality. Community members volunteered their time to put the finishing touch on the project by painting the ‘H’ on the pad to properly mark the landing zone for flight crews.
“This project is a great example of how members of a community can work together to provide important services for a community,” said Gina Myers, General Manager, Echo Bay. “We are really pleased to be able to support this project that will be an asset for north Ferry County community. While we hope it won’t need to be used, it is important to be prepared and this well-designed, accessible pad will be extremely valuable for this community in the event of an emergency.”