The Rapid Relief Team (RRT) has mobilised to support the response to severe storms which have impacted the Gold Coast, described by some as having ‘the scale of a cyclone’.

32 RRT volunteers jumped into action on December 30, helping clean-up after wild weather caused widespread damage over the Christmas break.

A further 15 volunteers are providing meals to emergency services workers as they continue to respond with the threat of more storms to come.

RRT Director, Lester Sharples, said eight crews of volunteers are working across the area over the whole weekend to help clear debris, including downed trees.

“Our crews are well equipped and ready to help wherever they are needed after the devastating storms we experienced,” Mr Sharples said.

“We’ve got bobcats and excavators in the field, which are helping our Rapid Relief Team volunteers make short work of the many trees that toppled over during the severe storms.

“Our volunteers are also putting on high quality meals to ensure our tireless emergency service workers have the good feed they need to get the Gold Coast back on its feet.

“It’s always a pleasure for us to see smiles on faces as we serve up a range of meals including bacon and egg rolls, freshly made wraps, and of course our signature Rapid Relief Burgers.

“We want to do whatever we can to provide some relief to the brave men and women who often put themselves in harm’s way for the benefit of the community.”

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

Established in 2013, the 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.