A week of assistance in the Grampians: Moyston and Rocklands Fires
Friday the 2nd January 2015 saw temperatures rise to 39.8C at Moyston, a small rural town west of Ararat and south of Stawell VIC. Just before midday, a fire started nearby with strong winds blowing. By 1:00pm, the situation looked very serious. CFA had called in water bombing aircraft from Stawell, Ballarat and Avalon airports and a massive air assault was soon underway. There were hundreds of CFA volunteer fire fighters, emergency services and many DEPI Strike teams.
An incident control centre (ICC) at Horsham was set up and the CFA logistics controller called the RRT at 1:45PM requesting catering for all emergency services. The staging area was to be set up at the Moyston Football oval.
By 5:00PM the Stawell RRT started arriving. BBQ’s were quickly set up, the clubroom facilities cleaned out, procedures are being put into position, and offers of help from local residents flood in.
The RRT contacted a Stawell butcher for obtaining hamburgers “No problem – I was thinking this was going to happen!” A short while later he had produced 800 hamburger patties – and a vast amount of sausages. The local baker’s reaction was much the same – “I was waiting for RRT to call again – I have 400 rolls ready to go, and will cook more right now”!