In a sign that this fire season is shaping up to be much like the last, Brethren charity, Rapid Relief Team (RRT) was called out to its first fire in Springbrook, Queensland last weekend.
Phoned in by the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QQFES) at 3pm Friday, and by 7pm that night RRT volunteers had sprung into action, feeding hundreds of meals to hardworking firefighters.
RRT is an initiative of the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church, staffed by church volunteers who lend a helping hand to those in need during a range of emergencies and charitable events.
58 RRT volunteers served 389 meals to firefighters over the course of the weekend.
Rapid Relief Team’s Queensland Regional Team leader, Lester Sharples said his army of volunteers are ready to go.
“If last year taught us anything – it’s to expect the unexpected,” Mr Sharples said.
“We know that this year’s fire season will be just as long and tough as last years. So, we’ll remain as flexible and as ready as we can – always looking to serve our local communities when they need us.
“We have also made sure to modify and upgrade our equipment and technology so we can travel further and help support more of our brave emergency services personnel right around the country.
“Wherever you see the blazing fire trucks, the RRT is not far behind. We’ve almost got cult-like status out there now!” Mr Sharples said.
“And with COVID-19 disrupting the way we usually lend a helping hand, we’re very mindful of making sure all our support is COVID-safe and will continue to implement measures according to government health advice.
“At the end of the day, we are Christians who want to help our local community, that’s what the Rapid Relief Team is about.
“It’s within our beliefs and values to help those in need. What we do for one, we do for all.”