A dramatic fire broke out onboard the Iron Chieftain when it was docked at Port Kembla on Monday, and lasted some three days.

Up to 100 emergency service workers were deployed to the ship, and hot on their heels were volunteers with hot meals.

An initiative of the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church, the Rapid Relief Team is staffed by Church volunteers who provide catering during a range of emergencies and charitable events.

“Feeding 100 hungry firefighters over three or four days with no notice is no small task, but we were very happy to help,” said Lloyd Grimshaw from the Church.

“It’s not like fires take a lunch break, so we come on site during disasters like this to provide hot meals and drinks to the firefighters – in this case several hundred of them.

“We help the helpers, focusing on the food so they can fight the fires, and when the fireies called about the ship, we got on board!

“The task here, as always, was to make sure the firies eat something healthy and nutritious, not something from a vending machine, or worse, skipping meals altogether.”

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/