ITALY – RRT provide meals for the Emergency Services at Operation Amatrice Aug 2016

Following the horrendous earthquake on Wednesday 24th August 2016, RRT contacted the Emergency Services to offer help to rescue workers.

Following a successful meeting with the Fire and Rescue Commanders on Friday 26th, a suitable site was identified on Amatrice, one of the worst hit villages.


With fire and rescue personnel having only a cold bowl of rice and an apricot per day, RRT realised there was a massive need to be met, especially as the temperature was over 30C.

Saturday 28th RRT arrived on site to set up their initial camp.  Due to the enormity of the work the fire and rescue service needed to do, the area was not clear until 11.30am, so RRT started handing out water to those in need.



Eventually access to the site was gained at 12.15noon, site was cleaned and was all set up and ready to start serving meals at 1pm.  Enough food to feed 1400 people had been collected earlier in the day from Metro, along with 2000 cans of coke and 5000 bottles of water.




Gloves were also gratefully received which were donated by RRT.


The recuse workers were so thankful for what had been provided to them, that they started writing their thanks in a notebook.



After the first meal had been served, there were fewer people coming through, so RRT started to clean the windows of the fire and rescue vehicles.



Just before evening serving time, we were told we had to move our camp, to make room for a welfare unit that was arriving that afternoon, so the new camp looked like this:


As dusk fell, the queues began to form at the RRT camp for more refreshments, gloves, and many thanks were given to RRT for what they had provided.



15 thoughts on “ITALY – RRT provide meals for the Emergency Services at Operation Amatrice Aug 2016”

  1. OldRoller says:

    Wonderful work RRT Italy! The fire and rescue workers really need every bit of help, encouragement and nourishment you can provide. Keep going! Can we have an update?

  2. Ben says:


  3. Ben says:

    Che grande!

  4. Leonard Ballard says:

    Simply glad to see younger Brethren responding in a timely manner to a need like this.

  5. tim joyce says:

    Great work RRT Italy! We have been thinking very much for the people of Amatrice and are cheered to see you are helping them. All the best from Australia. Tim. RRT Tamworth.

  6. Nelson Saunders says:

    Excellent work and initiative in a terrible catastrophe. Thank you.

  7. Kathie C says:

    Five loaves and two small fishes….what a service to so many! And a comfort to those doing such a difficult and horrible job. Thank you, Brethren….from Canada

  8. Debbie Hewitt says:

    So glad you can help out. We’ve been praying and thinking of everyone affected by this disaster.

  9. Tim Russier says:

    Well done RRT.
    Keep up your good work and keep smiling it really is encouraging.

  10. Dale says:

    Good old RRT, there when they are needed most. Working on the experience of the Christchurch earthquake. Keep up the good work, we are right behind you.

  11. Smudger says:

    Well done again RRT!!

  12. Don Walker says:

    Many of us couldn’t be there to help, but we are so appreciative that RRT is there to act on our behalf!
    thanks, RRT , for all you are doing to help mankind
    and impoverished humanity. DW; NY,USA

  13. Gionni says:

    Grazie per il vostro sostegno

  14. Baldy says:

    That’s fantastic RRT. Getting all that food and equipment in so short a time. I’m sure you’ll be remembered.

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