Rio Tinto is providing $10 million to sponsor Queensland’s EMQ Helicopter Rescue Service.
Queensland emergency services minister Neil Roberts said the $10 million decade long sponsorship will ‘enhance’ the service’s operations.
"Rio Tinto’s sponsorship of $1 million a year over the next 10 years will be in addition to what the State Government provides, and I thank Rio Tinto for their support of this vital service, Roberts said.
"Already we are looking at using the first year of the Rio Tinto funds to increase the capacity of the three AW139 rescue helicopters, allowing them to fly for longer without the need to refuel."
Rio Tinto chief of energy, Doug Ritchie, said the miner is proud to be supporting the rescue service.
"This vital service is responsible for saving lives and keeping Queenslanders safe all year round," he said.
"Safety is a core value for Rio Tinto but our commitment to safety goes beyond the mine gate.
"Through this sponsorship Rio Tinto is providing an enduring safety commitment to Queensland, a place we have called home for more than 40 years."