Over the past week, the Rapid Relief Team (RRT) has been working around the clock to support and feed emergency service workers who continue to fight out-of-control bush fires in Tasmania, Victoria and New South Wales.
Across the last month, the charity has worked alongside emergency services serving over 10,000 meals to paid and volunteer firefighters who have been working day and night to save property and lives across the eastern states of the country.
Over the past week, RRT volunteers from Huonville in Tasmania handed out nearly 3,000 free meals and barista-made coffees to tired and hungry firefighters at all hours of the day, with a further 3,300 meals at the Grantville fires in Victoria.
The RRT, an initiative of the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church, is staffed by Church volunteers who provide catering services during a range of emergencies and charitable events.
Lloyd Grimshaw, from the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church, said the RRT were happy to help in any small way.
“The RRT are delighted to support our emergency response organisations and we are humbled by their continued efforts in keeping us safe,” Mr Grimshaw said.
“We hope our small contribution has made them feel valued and has sustained them through these long days and challenging circumstances.
“We have witnessed firsthand the selflessness of the emergency services personnel, many of whom are volunteers themselves, as they continue to work hard to save lives and properties – and we hope the food we have and continue to serve has gone a small way to help keep our heroes fighting.
“At the end of the day, we are Christians who value kindness and compassion and seek to extend it to those who need it most – so, while there continues to be a need, we will continue to provide help, and meals, where it’s needed,” he said.
Every day in some small way, RRT volunteers offer a helping hand to those in need. For more information about the Rapid Relief Team, go to https://www.rapidreliefteam.org/