Shortly before Christmas Rio Tinto Alcan (RTA) demobilized the construction camp for the Kemano back-up tunnel project near Thatsa Reach, southwest of Burns Lake.
All of the gear, which included work and safety equipment, kitchenware, bedding, mattresses, and pillows, was donated by RTA to be distributed through Lakes District Community Services to organizations in Burns Lake, Southbank, Fraser Lake, and Vanderhoof.
Donated supplies will be distributed to outreach programs, community service groups, homeless shelters, safe houses, First Nation culture camps and to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #50.
It was a monumental task to move the two truckloads of equipment to Burns Lake from the remote camp, and many local businesses and volunteers made it happen.
Cheslatta Carrier Nation had a crew at the camp site to take it down, pack it up and also help unloaded.
Beach Marine Ltd. barged the gear and helped unload the first truck. Bandstra Transportation Systems provided transportation, CJ Enterprises helped unload and McPhail and Associates made space available in an empty storefront to store all the equipment and donated items until they are distributed.
The work and safety gear will go the College of New Caledonia Lakes District Campus trades program.