AU – RRT Warragul at the CFA’s Open Day Nov 2017

Warragul CFA held an open day on Saturday November 18th 2017. The purpose of this event was to present the following messages to the public of Warragul and surrounding areas;

  • Summer fire safety
    • Prevention and preparedness
    • Safety, personal, family, the elderly, the young and your animals
    • What to do when the fire comes
  • Who the local CFA are and what they do
    • Street parade and demonstrations
    • The people and the equipment
  • Other emergency services that work alongside the CFA to protect the community in this common cause
    • Police, Ambulance, VICSES, DELWP, RRT, local government etc.
  • Demonstration of local resources available in times of need

The Warragul Fire Station was used as the focal point for the day with the land to the North West also being used as a demonstration and assembly area for ESO vehicles. The day was kicked off with a drive through the streets of Warragul with as many ESO vehicles participating as possible. Activities then commenced at the fire station with vehicle displays, activities for the kids such as, smoke house, Captain Koala, drawing competition etc.

This day was a great success! It turned out a beautiful sunny which combined with a great marketing campaign done by the CFA saw a large number of people attracted to the event.

RRT Warragul were set up and ready to roll by 9:30am. The demand on food was off and on depending on where the attention was being drawn to on the site. There were some demonstrations that all attendees were invited to watch which was great for our team as they got to see some of them too.

The consumers kindly gave expression to their gratitude for RRT’s services, also many a mention was made by the presenters on how great not only the food was, but the professional and organized Rapid Relief Team.

There were a few firefighters that said our food was the best before they had even tried it which was a bit of a puzzle, until we realised they had already experienced RRT’s catering at some fires they’d attended in the Blue Mountains a few years prior.

RRT volunteers were able to make contact with numerous key personal within the emergency services including; Victorian Emergency Management Commissioner – Craig Lapsley, CFA Region 9 Operations Manager – Simon Bloink, State Member for Narracan – Gary Blackwood, Senior Sergeant & Police Incident Controller (Warragul area) – Duncan Bartley, Warragul SES & CFA Member – Lisa to name a few.

Here a few testimonials from the event:

Commissioner Craig Lapsley: “Your professionalism is fantastic! You’ve got the tick, great job.”

Operations Manager District 9 – Simon: “You guys do great food. Awesome coffee!”

Warragul CFA Captain – Brian: “In 16 years of doing my service I haven’t seen such a well organised group as this, can you do our Christmas Dinner?”

Warragul CFA & SES Member – Lisa: “I’m stunned! Can’t believe the job you guys do. I’m pushing you guys!”

CFA Volunteer: “Your food is excellent, you guys rock!”