Bahia Blanca Bushfires New Years Day 2014

Plymouth Brethren - Rapid Relief Team

The fire broke out around midday and traveled fast.

New Year’s Day 2014 in Bahia Blanca, Argentina, saw temperatures reaching 40°C with high winds. Many people took advantage of the holiday to have a barbeque beside a lake an hour from Bahia Blanca. One stray flame on the dry grass caused an immediate blaze, rapidly spreading out of control.

Initial attempts to stamp out the quickly spreading flames proved useless. The wind blew the flames from one barbecue to another, lighting trees and everything in its path.

Plymouth Brethren - Rapid relief TEam

Voluntary Firemen arrive at the scene

A Voluntary Fire Brigade from a nearby town was quickly on the scene. The  Rapid Relief Team  soon realised the need for help, when the hoses began bursting from the heat of the scorched ground. They began helping by holding the hoses off the ground, then assisted with the lighting of a ‘fire break’ around the edge of the area.

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A ‘Fire Break’ is lit to prevent the fire catching the next 

RRT also supplied cold drinks to the fire fighters, who appreciated this very much. It helped to keep up the morale as they continued to battle the flames.

Plymouth Brethren - Rapid Relief TEam

A vast area of greenery was burnt black that afternoon.

After three hours, the wildly spreading fire came under control. The hungry and exhausted firefighters devoured the sausages in rolls, fresh melon and cake provided by the RRT, with much gusto! They were all very thankful for the unexpected help and provisions provided that day.

Plymouth Brethren - Rapid relief team

The very thankful Fire Crew line up for a photo with the RRT.

9 thoughts on “Bahia Blanca Bushfires New Years Day 2014”

  1. CJW says:

    Small team of helpers with BIG hearts. Great stuff …keep up the good work.

  2. anony-mouse says:

    Well done Rick & Jayne & co!!

  3. Ads says:

    WOW…rrt even working in South America!
    You lot must have been hot…great work!

  4. Terra Australis says:

    Good work all, giving up your public holiday for others. Do you have total fire ban days out there?

  5. ho ho ho! says:

    never ceases to amaze!

  6. Haggis says:

    Three cheers for RRT in BB – well done

  7. Granny says:

    Goodness me!! RRT in Bahia Blanca? And just as ready to give a hand as all those big teams in Aussie! And in the same heat as well!!
    Looks like you were right on the spot, were you?
    Very well done indeed!!! (And to those volunteer fire crews as well)

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    1. Sis says:

      Wow, what an experience – Well done.
      Perhaps the ‘Team’ should invest in hi-vis vests !!
      Did you have to go without your lunch?

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