The Rapid Relief Team (RRT), which is run by volunteers from the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church (PBCC), made sure local firefighters had the nourishment they needed to respond to the fires at Willi Willi near Kempsey in New South Wales.

Multiple homes are feared lost in the bushfire which has burned through more than 11,000 hectares.

A team of RRT volunteers from Maitland and Armidale were deployed to the region to feed the firefighters and emergency responders who kept communities around Kempsey safe.

12 RRT volunteers were on hand each day working to serve up lunch and dinner to those working on the frontline.

“An order to serve hungry firies with basically no notice is a tall one, but we’ve got the equipment and volunteers to do it and were happy to step up,” Local RRT Team Leader Peter Sargeant, of Armidale said.

“Our team of RRT volunteers served 650 lunch packs, signature burgers and our hearty sausage burgers to feed 130 emergency service responders.

“Our volunteers are always on standby ready willing and able to continue if the RFS need us.

“Gone are the days of cold food and bad coffee in polystyrene cups. We make sure firies have top notch food, so they have the energy they need to do the job we all need them to do.”