Marine Rescue Port Hedland is a volunteer-based organisation responsible for marine search and rescue events across 200 kilometres of coastline along Western Australia’s north.

Whilst most of their time is spent patrolling the water, they also run a critical operational facility in Port Hedland, but after 117 years in operation it is in much need of an upgrade.

To help MRPH continue its important role in protecting the community, BHP contributed $900,000 towards the refurbishment of the facility.

Warren Wellbeloved, General Manager Rail operations in Port Hedland, said BHP was very happy to help out.

“We have a great relationship with the Port Hedland Volunteer Marine Rescue service and previously provided funds for upgrades to the ‘Iron Pride’ Rescue Vessel Refit, as well as providing support for the overhaul of the Iron Pride’s trailer,” Warren said.

“It’s just another example of being able to work together and help provide a vital service to our local community.”

MRPH commander Zac Slaughter said the 117-year-old building was extremely run down and BHP’s contribution would significantly assist with renovation costs.

“The incredible financial support brings us one step closer to creating a state-of-the-art Marine Rescue Facility that will enhance our emergency response capabilities and service the Port Hedland Community,” Zac said.