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Plymouth Brethren Assist Nation's Volunteer Bushfire Fighters
Long-term Wells Haslem client, the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church (PBCC), went to amazing efforts feeding hundreds of firefighters working on the devastating bushfires that ravaged parts of New South Wales, Australia, last October.
Over seven days 350 volunteers from the Church served up to 1600 meals per day. Thousands of firefighters, other emergency personnel, council workers and media were served around the clock.
The Church's Rapid Relief Team (RRT) supplied 99,000 litres of bulk water in the first four days; half of the food and drinks were delivered by the RRT directly to the frontline.
Donations of food and drinks were received from Coles, Woolworths, Joe’s Meats, local butchers, bakeries & Penrith Party Hire. Hinchinbrook Public School donated a cool room of food and drinks.
The Church documented its efforts with a video camera, interviewing numerous firefighters and asking them what they thought of the RRT’s efforts.
Wells Haslem then used that footage to develop a short documentary, with the assistance of award-winning film-maker, Phil Donnison, who we have worked with on previous video programs for the church. The feedback from volunteer firefighters was overwhelmingly positive.
“This has been the best set up for catering … that I have experienced in my 20 years in the CFA,” a Country Fire Authority volunteer from Victoria says in the documentary.
“It’s just amazing, all of us are overwhelmed, we couldn’t have done it without you,” a female NSW Rural Fire Service official says. “Food’s been awesome, the drinks have been cold. It’s the first time we’ve ever had a steak sandwich at two o’clock in the morning!” – says another NSW Rural Fire Service volunteer, standing next to his RFS truck.
The RRT is a not-for-profit organisation that provides benevolent relief to people in need. The team consists of volunteers of all ages, dedicated to serving the community.
PBCC members strive to practise true Christianity in their way of life. This includes being compassionate, active, and contributing citizens and doing what they can to help.
View the video here: youtu.be/yrJIycu3j5o.
Learn more about the RRT here: rapidreliefteam.org