The portable BBQs of the Rapid Relief Team (RRT), the charitable arm of the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church (PBCC) have been fired up and put to work to support Fire and Emergency NZ (FENZ) crews battling a huge blaze near Christchurch’s Port Hills.

RRT crews from Christchurch and Rangiora were tasked to support FENZ, setting up at the Port Hills staging area, where firefighting aircraft were being resupplied for firebombing missions.

Christchurch RRT Local Team Leader Daniel Powell said 25 volunteers provided breakfast, lunch and dinner for firefighters.

“Fighting fires is mentally and physically taxing, so it’s a privilege to be able to provide our hardworking firefighters with some heart, hot food and cold drinks to give them a break and help keep their energy up,” Mr Powell said.

“Rapid Relief Team volunteers have so far served up more than 580 meals and we are eager to keep helping for as long as we are needed.

“Our firefighters have done an incredible job battling a very difficult blaze and I’m glad we have been able to provide them some relief.”

Food served included the RRT’s signature burgers, bacon and egg rolls and cold drinks.

The RRT is the charitable arm of the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church.

Established in 2013, RRT has more than 14,500 volunteers around the world who assist emergency services in times of disaster and crisis by providing meals and other support. Learn more about RRT.