VIC – Dalrymple Rd area Sunbury /Riddell Grass Fire, Sunday 9/2/2014.

Weather patterns have been unusual with sustained high temperatures prevailing over the past three weeks. This has led to a rapid drying of recently green lawns and paddocks around Sunbury. On the day..small clouds of smoke were noticed which soon billowed. The unmistakable sound of sirens were heard leaving town. This sound has been a comfort over many years, knowing that the CFA were always ready to do their duty. However, due to the previously mentioned weather and dry conditions the Grass fire in Riddells Creek soon took hold. At the same time a fire was moving quickly from the Calder Highway in a south easterly direction spreading rapidly among acreage homesites along Dalrymple Road.

Plymouth Brethren - Rapid Relief TEam

A close call for this regal old house

The CFA were stretched and did a magnificent job of preserving most of the olive groves and processing buildings at the Pitruzzello Estate on the corner of Deverall Road and Calder Highway. Some residents whilst saying that they thought they would be O.K. were very happy to accept help from passers-by as the fire quickly showed it had a mind of it’s own.

Plymouth Brethren - Rapid Relief Team

The grass fire consumed large areas very quickly

Eyewitness accounts of the accuracy of the water bombing by Elvis and other helicopters also needs mentioning. Looking over the area now it is striking to note the number of homes that have been saved given the visible proximity of the fire.

Plymouth Brethren - Rapid Relief TEam

Elvis – Bombs away

Two members of the Sunbury RRT made a sortie round the Emergency Services road blocks and were rewarded by grateful responses from motorists and residents trapped in the traffic jam as bottled water was handed out to approx 150 people. Many enquiries as to who the RRT was and surprise that it was a volunteer organisation. Also of note was the number of enquiries as to fire conditions road directions etc by trapped motorists. Police officers remaining on duty without a meal break for hours grateful of some food sourced for them. The fulfilling of “Duty”by all the emergency service personnel should be a lesson to all. They certainly deserve any backup and support that can be extended to them.

Plymouth Brethren - Rapid Relief Team

RRT teams delivered water to stranded motorists and residents


9 thoughts on “VIC – Dalrymple Rd area Sunbury /Riddell Grass Fire, Sunday 9/2/2014.”

  1. !!!! says:

    Awesome work RRT !!!

  2. :) says:

    Awesome work RRT !!! keep it up ! 🙂

  3. Anne says:

    You mention the accuracy of the water bombers. I had the privelege of being able to observe this close at hand and it is amazing how low these guys go to dump on ‘the spot’ then up and out of there and off for the next load. Do the pilots have special training? There would need to be a lot of coordination with the ground crews too. They sure deserve all the support they can get.

  4. Samantha says:

    Once again… in come the RRT!!!!!

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  7. DavidM says:

    This is a great site for finding good news. What an example to all of us.

    1. Granny says:

      Agree 100%! It’s the best site in the world for making good news out of bad situations. Did you see the video where one lady said that the RRT had made a really devastating situation bearable. And I’ve lost count of the times that people leave comments about the smiling faces – even at 2 in the morning! It’s just the love of Jesus shining out!

  8. HH says:

    100% commitment by the Emergency Services and the PBCC RRT for the safety and well-being of all. Thank You.

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