Cowra RRT Are Called On for Relief
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.
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.
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.
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”.