Rapid Relief Team Report – Lithgow Operation – 17th October 2013
Facts & Figures:
RRT fed tea on Thursday night to approx. 300 + Emergency Workers, This included sandwiches, sausage, onion, steak, fruit, cookies, muffins & drinks.
Mobile units refreshed the emergency crews at roadblocks, staging points etc. Many crews had not eaten for 6 hours, and were very thankful.
RRT erected & made up 100 beds at the community centre, assisted Lions Club with cooking, shopping & labour. Friday Breakfast fed 100, lunch yet to be confirmed. This included bacon and egg rolls, hash browns, steak and onion, muffins & drinks.
Bulk Water; 22 000L tank, multiple mobile units assisted with refilling between 30 – 50 tankers into last night, running errands etc.
Approximately 90+ Brethren involved, Lithgow, Katoomba & Bathurst – being on roster.
Mobile fire-fighting units utilised for mopping up and protection of property.
Comments from Police, RFS, NSW Fire Brigade, Lions Club, Citizens, & Council – see comment below from the Mayor:
“Maree Stratham spoke to me this morning. She has included in her talkback this morning on 2BS,
2LT & ABC radio about the efforts of the RRT and Plymouth Brethren. She was impressed with the children working with their mums preparing the accommodation and the young girls preparing & packing meals. Maree is awaiting the NSW Premier to arrive in town shortly.”
Her quote this morning was;
“What the RRT and Plymouth Brethren have done and are doing is absolutely outstanding and an honour to them. It’s above the call of duty and on behalf of the Lithgow residents she is most grateful that so many were willing to volunteer their time. Outstanding job!”
Bill from Lions Club said as we were going last night, “fantastic people to work with”.