The Rapid Relief Team (RRT) are proud to have supported a monumental effort by NSW Police, SES, Rural Fire Service, and volunteers in their successful search for a young boy in the Hunter Valley, NSW, recently.

The young boy, AJ, went missing on the morning of Friday 3 September, from his property in the small town of Putty, in the Singleton Shire, which led to a massive search and rescue operation.

Teams of six RRT volunteers from Maitland and Singleton supported the efforts, providing hundreds of hot breakfasts and dinners, proper coffees and frontline snack packs which are exclusive for frontline emergency workers.

With a three-year-old lost for three days, you can’t help fearing the worst but hoping and praying for the best, and the best is what occurred, local RRT Team Leader Gary Clayton said.

“Our thoughts are with AJ’s family as they are re-united with their precious boy. The relief and tears of joy on their faces and the faces of the rescue teams is something that will stay with us forever,” said Gary.

“The happy news came over the two-way radio as we were serving coffees, and it was just wonderful. The mood just changed instantly. It was amazing. The place was just buzzing.”

RRT is made up of volunteers from the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church who provide catering and emergency support services at a range of charitable events and emergencies.

This includes responding to hundreds of flood, fire, drought and rescue efforts each year.

The 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.