PTFI Team Assists with Earthquake Relief Efforts

February 10, 2021

PT Freeport Indonesia's Emergency Preparedness and Response Team provided medical care for victims and helped with rescue efforts after a 6.2-magnitude earthquake triggered deadly landslides on Sulawesi Island.

Four team members – Abdul Rasid Talle, General Foreman, and Firemen Firmansyah, Indra Yoom and Buce Bay – left January 16, from Mozes Kilangin Airport in Timika, the day after the natural disaster. They joined rescue teams from other mining companies and emergency medical providers, in the effort coordinated by the country's National Board for Disaster Management and the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources. Almost 100 people died, and hundreds were injured.

"Even though we hope this kind of assistance is never needed, the team always is ready when asked, no matter how difficult the circumstances are," said Hanny Runtuwene, General Superintendent-Emergency Preparedness and Response. "We are grateful to be prepared and able to help during this terrible disaster."

The team spent more than a week helping with the efforts, Runtuwene said.

PTFI's emergency team is known as a top emergency response team and often is called upon for rescue missions. Last year, the team rescued three survivors after a non-company helicopter crashed in the Papuan jungle.

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