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AU – RRT assists firie’s battling NSW, ACT & WA blaze – December 2019

Rapid Relief Team (RRT) have deployed two 21,000 litre water tankers to provide a quick refill for fire trucks battling out-of-control fires in North Black Range near Canberra and in the Katoomba region. 

RRT were called in to support the fire front last Friday and have since provided 50,000 litres to firies over the weekend. 

Ron Arkcoll, Chairman of RRT, the charitable arm of the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church (PBCC) said they are glad to support frontline heroes who are working overtime to get these fires under control.

“It was a no-brainer for us – as soon as we got the call our volunteers and tankers were ready to go to support the emergency operation on the fire front,” Mr Arkcoll said.

“Firefighters can quickly run out of water when fighting on the front line, and when every second counts, the RRT water tanks helped bring water to the firies so they didn’t have to waste time pumping.

“The conditions out there are tough. We see how stretched our emergency services are, so we are pleased to able to be able to help out by deploying our tankers to help refill the trucks.

“This is particularly the case given that a shortage of access to water is in some area hampering efforts to attack the fires.

“As Christians, our values of care and compassion is what motivates us which is why we want to support our hardworking firefighters,” he said.

RRT have since deployed a 32,000 litre Water Tanker in WA to help contain the bushfire raging in the Stirling Ranges – this water tanker was used to fill a squadron of four fixed-wing water bombers.

Volunteers have also worked together to put on a meal for the hard working firies and pilots, providing burgers, coffee and dessert.