Supply on a Large Scale – RRT at Bargo/Wilton
After the Picton community no longer needed the Picton church hall as an evacuation centre, the RRT discovered that RFS had set up a staging point at Bargo Oval. Finding hungry fire-fighters already waiting for food, the RRT set up very rapidly with the fresh food and drink we had on hand.
Bargo RRT was set up at the oval from Thursday night through to Sunday mid-day. The RFS also had set up a heli base for the helicopters doing aerial bombing. The fire was moving rapidly through to the Sydney catchment area and more than 300 fire-fighters were called in to fight. RRT worked 24 hours giving out hot meals and drinks, with shift changes every 12 hours, or 6 hours during the night. The RFS enjoyed the food, energy and smiling faces of the RRT so much that they requested that we relocate to Wilton Oval so we could be closer to where the fire had progressed to. So Sunday afternoon, the RRT Bargo was upheaved and moved to Wilton in time for dinner.
Wilton RRT was set up to cater for the same fire-fighters that were at Bargo so now they were very well acquainted with the great food and members of RRT. We also changed our shift and menu to make it easier for the RFS. We now had Breakfast shift and dinner shift and lunch and night time was fresh sandwich packs which were taken on the field. Once the fire had reduced to monitoring stage and down to 150 fire-fighters, we had been told to move back to Bargo after 4.5 days at Wilton for just one more day before the RFS were no longer in need of the RRT.
During this time we went through:
- 250 + Kgs of Sausages
- 100Kgs of Steak and bacon.
- 100kg of sandwich meat
- 5kgs of mayo
- 60 dozen eggs
- 3000 sandwiches were made
- 3000 pieces of cake wrapped for packs
- 300 cakes, brownie, muffins and trail mixes
- A huge box of lollies, chocolate bars and muesli bars
- 25 boxes of fruit
- 500 loaves of bread and 800 bread rolls
- 1000 + cans of drink
- Slabs of water, uncountable!!
- 50kgs of Salad
- Countless bottles of BBQ and tomato sauce!
- 2.5kg of coffee
- Lots of butter!
- 10 bags of chips
- Plus much much more!
We would have to thank the Lions Club for helping out so much with organising food and the residents from Bargo and Wilton, especially Alison from Wilton. Also Woolworths, Coles, IGA, Thirlmere Produce, and Country Valley Milk for their donations and baking of food. Many others that are unnamed, we could not have done without you all!
We had many very thankful fire-fighters telling us that they have never before had food of this high standard while on duty. Some fire fighters had been fed for 24 hours a day for over 5 days by the RRT; they could not contain their appreciation for the hot food and the care they received.