STAWELL RRT TEAM, GRAMPIANS/BLACK RANGES BUSH FIRES
They thanked us for our smiling happy faces!
They thanked us for our good food (the delicious choc-chip cookies!)!
They thanked us for everything!
But we want to thank them!
Shift after shift, strike team after strike team they came in to our RRT base for good food and a clean place to sit – weary, hungry but always cheery, thankful and polite. So here’s to you, you awesome Fire Fighters, Emergency Teams, Police, DSE, Paramedics and everyone who helped – the RRT have fed you, sheltered you, cheered you and now we THANK YOU!
A Thank You also goes to our Victorian Premier, Mr Dennis Napthine and our Nationals Member of Parliament, Mr Andrew Broad who visited our RRT base on Saturday 18th. We really appreciated your support and thank you for taking the time to visit with us!
As bushfires in the area burnt out of control by mid Friday afternoon, the RRT, with permission from Victorian Government Incident Control Centre (ICC), within two hours had set up base in the Stawell Football clubroom. The smiley Team at RRT, provided the needed refreshments and support for the weary and worn members of the CFA and emergency personnel posted to the Grampians & Black Range bushfires in January 2014. With staggered shifts rolling on, the RRT community members from Stawell, Ballarat, Hamilton and Warrnambool worked around the clock to provide the needed refreshments, wether warm, cold or icy, to help these fire fighters achieve their mission.
The numbers the RRT have fed have been huge, with an average of 400 from the Emergency Services coming in for Breakfast, then again for Lunch & Tea. There have been 100’s of freshly made meals delivered by RRT personnel to hot spots for those that can’t leave the front line.
Food has been consumed at a phenomenal rate!! We have gone through 100 Chickens, 260kg of lamb & beef, 30kg ham, box loads of bacon and over 1000 eggs! Not to mention the multitudes of salad… cookies… chips… muesli bars & cakes!Current situation with the fire is; the firefighters have stopped the spread 7km south of Stawell, fire activity has subsided but not yet under control – further works are being carried out to further protect Stawell and surrounding communities.
We thank local & nearby businesses that are supplying heavily discounted & donated food products and services.
Lots of fantastic feedback is coming in to us, including our friend Dave @ CFA Geelong; “without you guys doing the great job you are doing, we would not be able to do what we do!” – Together we are a team; supporting each other to achieve our mission “supporting local communities in time of need”.