Local volunteers from the Rapid Relief Team (RRT) responded to calls for support in Western Victoria recently after an out-of-control grassfire took off.

The grassfire tore through hectares of pasture in January, but local firefighters raced against the clock to contain the spread amid difficult weather conditions. Sadly livestock was also lost.

Members from the RRT in Hamilton, Mt Gambier and Warrnambool were able to support, dishing up 1908 hot meals and 60 Frontline Snack Packs for the emergency workers on site.

RRT Local Team Leader for Hamilton, Jason Thomas, said they were pleased RRT could offer some support, if only in a small way.


Rapid Relief Team provided support on Western Victoria grassfire

Rapid Relief Team provided support on Western Victoria grassfire


“The CFA volunteers did an incredible job, working day and night to contain the fire,” Jason said.

“These grassfires just show the risk we have at the moment with the hot weather and plenty dry fuel and the need to be extra vigilant.”

RRT supports hundreds of flood, fire and drought rescue efforts each year, and also assists the healthcare system, vulnerable people and those in need with food relief other assistance where required.


RRT Hamilton help out with Victorian grassfire

The RRT Hamilton team served up meals and refreshments to the hardworking firefighters.


The Plymouth Brethren Christian Church established RRT in 2013 to express its principles of care and compassion. It is staffed by Church volunteers who provide catering services at a range of charitable events and emergencies.

Globally, the RRT has more than 14,500 volunteers and operates in Australia, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, France, the United States, Canada and Germany.