Rapid Relief Team Report – Winmalee/Springwood Operation – 17th October 2013 – Updated 19/10/13
Facts & Figures:
- Initially 2 RRT refreshment points setup up. Approx 5pm. Approx 12 PB deployed. Serving sausages in rolls, water & soft drinks, hot drinks.
- 1 setup at main road near roadblock to serve waiting motorists… other at local shopping centre serving emergency crews.
- Made contact with Logistics’ controller who gave us space at Winmalee Fire Station around 8pm. Combined both RRT units into one.
- Served sausages in rolls, RRT water, soft drinks, tea/coffee, cakes to approx. 300 crew Team of 8 PB. Approx 8pm- 12pm.
- 12pm-5am – Served steak sandwiches/sausages on rolls throughout this time. Delivered batch steaks to Mt Wilson.
- New shift 5am. 5 PB serving Bacon & Egg rolls served to approx. 300 between 5am-8am.
- Slight shift change at 8am.
- Plan is to continue offering food/drinks throughout the day. Still many crews working to contain fires plus investigation units into burnt out residences.
- Much appreciation from all crews and depts.
- Had brief talk to new reporters giving brief run down on who RRT is.
- As well as huge quantities of food provided by the PBCC, we have had very generous donations by: Coles Winmalee/Woolworths Penrith/Butchery
- Brethren involved between 5pm Thursday to current (10am Fri) – 22 persons (some there for all shifts).
- Incident controller from Blue Mtns – “We appreciate everything you’ve done and doing.
- Can’t thank you enough” Rung back since and asked if we could stay on today.
- Community residents: “That is such a wonderful community service, sorry only small but like to donate this $20 to you”. Another neighbour brought across batch of cakes”
- Fireman and Firewoman – “Oh we recognise your face from Wentworthville last week. Glad you’re back!”
Update for Winmalee Saturday 19/10/13
- RRT Night shift finished at 4am. New shift arrived.
- Served Bacon & Egg Rolls to approx 350 crew between 5.30 and 10am
- Drinks, hot drinks and cakes, and other refreshments throughout the morning.
- New RRT lunch/tea crew arrived at 11.30am.
- Ready to serve 150 crew for lunch. With the increase of fires in the immediate area, this number suddenly increased to 460 crew! We suddenly had to source more food from every direction!!
- To add to this, Coles Winmalee, who has been very generous in supplying many needs for our meals, were evacuated just prior to this. We had to rely on RRT members getting supplies from Penrith, Richmond, Blacktown and other locations to source our food.
- Burgers and steak sandwiches served between 12pm and 5pm to 460 crew. 160 of these were delivered to Chapman Parade frontline crew and 120 to Mt Riverview frontline.
- Springwood Hospital was evacuated during the afternoon. Sudden flareups of fires around the Springwood & Winmalee area called for further fire crews from different areas.
- During the afternoon, a cooler room full of food was VERY generously delivered to the RRT site. This food and drink provided in this was a great help in adding to our dwindling supplies.
- All day we had a continuous flow of donations of food, drinks, supplies to the RRT setup from many local residents. This was very kind and we’d like to thank those persons for their thoughtfulness and generosity.
- For tea, we served chicken burgers/hot dogs to approx another 380-400 crew.
- A new RRT shift took over at 8.30pm to provide assistance until 4.30am.
- RRT teams also delivered extra hot food and drinks to the crews working on the frontline that could not take the time to get back to base during the shift.
- This continued with a new RRT from 8.30pm until 4.30am.
We’d like to extend a VERY BIG thankyou to the neighbours and community for their donations of food and supplies.
Also, would like to thank the RFS for providing their location and ALL the emergency crews for their appreciation.