Cowra RRT Are Called On for Relief

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Burning Tree

Smoke again! December heat was exhausting and the wind extreme, so the call for RRT help on Saturday December 21st to feed some hungry Firies came as no surprise. 35kms NW of Cowra NSW, a machinery malfunction sparked a fire that finished up burning 188 hectares of bush and farm land including machinery.

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Getting Fed

At approx. 4:30pm December 21st the RRT was called upon to provide refreshments (approx. 60 meals) for worn out Firies of the RFS. The word spread quickly and soon enough we had ham, potato salad and sandwiches ready to go. Drinks and refreshments where willingly provided on Saturday night from 6pm. At 10:30pm,  fire had looked to have settled so the RFS downgraded the fire to ‘Watch and Act’ and retired for the night with the Firies  feeling tired but full & content.

Early hours of Sunday Morning word came in that due to the extreme heat and wind the smouldering trees where sending embers far and wide a great threat to spark up the fire again. The RRT was called upon again and managed to get freshly cooked egg & bacon rolls safely out to those on the morning shift. Meals where continually provided  to the afternoon and evening shifts as required. Several trips where made to the firefighters at the front with supplies of fresh food and cold drinks.

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Smoldering Tree

The ‘mopping up’ proved a difficult and exhausting task as every gust of wind threatened to spark up the fire again. On Monday temperatures were rising and it looked as the firies where staring down a barrel of a bad day.  Fresh sandwich and snack packs were prepared  were fixed for lunch but a welcomed change in the weather  helped the RFS to beat the fire.

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Leftover machinery

Later that afternoon all was under control and both the RFS and the RRT packed up and the workers made their way home, a job well done.

Cowra RRT would to thank the RFS firefighters or their dedication and courage, “It is a pleasure to support you”.


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11 thoughts on “Cowra RRT Are Called On for Relief”

  1. Ella says:

    Dear Granny

    Thanks for the tip, I read almost the whole bag-a-thon blog and have come up with the following places…
    They were calling you Grandma Swagg? I have never heard the surname of Swagg, am a bit dumbfounded, so will leave it at that!
    You did a lot of giving to the BHF, good on you, you will be blessed 🙂

  2. Granny says:

    If you are prepared to read through last September’s Bagathon blogs you might pick up a clue!!
    But we mustn’t divert from the great work the RRT are doing – are you a member yourself? I wish I could be, but unfortunately great grannys can only be cheerleaders!!

    1. pigmy says:

      I think I worked out you are from the preson area – but no further than that……..of course you may not be a granny!!!!!!!! Glad someone has the time & energy to post positive blogs. Well done

  3. Granny says:

    Hey Gramps

    I would volunteer if I was 40 or 50 years younger!! Meanwhile, I just cheer ’em all on!!

    1. Ella says:

      Hello Granny
      I do hope I find out who you are and where you are from some day soon, I wonder if we have met before… Would you please reveal what area in the UK you are from?…
      I love reading your messages on the blogs.. always so inspiring, encouraging and positive – keep it up..
      You always manage to put into words what the rest of us are thinking….
      Thank You 🙂

      Is good to see where the RRT is working universally. Excellent response Cowra..
      Thinking of all those affected by natural disasters.

  4. Ads says:

    WOW…great work you lot!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Good on you guys keep it up!!!!

  6. Granny says:

    The amount of fires in Aussie is just incredible! Is it like this most years, or has this season been particularly bad? We can hardly take it all in here in the UK where it is dark and wet, with lots of floods still. However it all makes work for the RRT. It is good to see them assisting wherever things happen all over the world. Keep it up, all of you! What an organization!

    1. Gramps says:

      Hey Granny,
      Do these guys pay you to post to every article??If not maybe you should volunteer for the RRT??

    2. :D says:

      I was wondering the same thing!

    3. Eric says:


      i suppose that links with the Cowra RRT article!!

      Well done RRT 3 cheers!!!!

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