Bathurst RRT set up base camp at Perthville

Hells Hole Fire – A bush fire is burning 5km south west of the village of Trunkey in the Copperhannia National Park. The fire is covering 2656 hectares in size & currently out of control.

A base camp and catering facilities have been set up at Perthville to house and feed exhausted firefighters battling the Hell’s Hole and Dog Rocks fires near Bathurst.

The fires which started on Saturday from lightening were out-of-control by Sunday evening when the Plymouth Brethren Rapid Relief Team (RRT) became involved. The RRT contacted local supermarkets, Bakeries, IGA’s and more to get essentials and received a fantastic contribution from the stores.

Yesterday the RRT served hot breakfast to 220 tired firefighters who were in for “a hard day because of the strong wind” Fires are burning in very steep country and 13 aircrafts will be dispatched with retardant.

Plymouth Brethren - Rapid relief Team

Preparing for mass breakfast: 400 eggs & 30kg of bacon were on the menu!

As the winds increased throughout the afternoon, the RFS specialist group were called to help.

‘Ichabod’ the US giant sky crane has been fighting the Hell’s Hole fire, dropping up to 12,000 litres of water in one hit & takes about 60 seconds to refill its tanks.

Plymouth Brethren - Rapid Relief TEam

‘Ichabod’ the US giant sky crane

As the strike forces rolled in night shift began at 4pm – 12am for the RRT. Volunteers served over 400 Marinated Chicken fillets, 33kg hot chips and 230 corn cobs!

Plymouth Brethren - Rapid Relief TEam

Making a start on preparing meals for hungry & tired firefighters & Emergency crews.

Plymouth Brethren - Rapid Relief TEam

RRT Volunteers served over 400 Marinated Chicken fillets

Dinner was enjoyed by all, some comments received were:

“Great food, always smiling, nothing is too hard, great to see you all again. Keep up the great work. Great Service” Winmalee Blue Mtns Brigade.

“Put on a great feed! Very friendly faces, massive selection of drinks and toiletries for us.” Gerringong, NSW Brigade.

As soon as you see the RRT sign near a fire ground you know you will be looked after and have service with a smile. You make our lives so much easier, thank you.” Bullaburra Blue Mtns Brigade.

The RFS had a short briefing before returning to battle, where team work & safety were stressed. The news of a fire fighter injured earlier in the week after being struck by a falling tree shows the risk that come with the job. The community owes all the RFS people a huge ‘thank you’ for all that you’re doing!

Plymouth Brethren - RApid Relief TEam

Serving up

Plymouth Brethren - Rapid Relief TEam

Enjoying a rest & dinner

Plymouth Brethren - RApid Relief team

RFS Briefing before night shift begins

11 thoughts on “Bathurst RRT set up base camp at Perthville”

  1. Blinky Bill says:

    Great job and keep up the cooking

  2. Jan says:

    That looks awesome! I am amazed.

    1. Jan says:

      I know right?

    2. Jan says:

      You do know right

  3. studebreaker says:

    wow. those eggs look nice!! great job.

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  5. Claire says:

    WOW what an incredible team!!!

  6. Amanda says:

    Wow, well done! Keep it up! 🙂

  7. Leanne says:

    Bathhurst RRT looks well prepared. Have you assisted previously? The tents look very stable complete with lights, dividers & height. The white would help combat the heat which would build up quickly under dark canvas with so many people and all the activity. The emergency personnell sound like they look on the RRT as a haven to retreat to. Must be very disappointing when they don’t find it.

    1. Leanne says:

      I think I have found the answer to my question as to the facilities! Is this the mobile kitchen supplied by the RFS as mentioned in the latest article?

    2. Jaysee says:

      Hello Leanne,
      Yes, some of the Bathurst RRT members assisted the Lithgow RRT in the Oct ’13 fires. The gear provided by the RFS was fantastic, such a great setup. Thanks again RFS…it’s all about teamwork!

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