TransGrid trucks in much-needed supplies as thanks to RFS teams in Humula

21/01/2014

​A van-load of much-needed sustenance has been delivered to the Humula Citizens Sports CIub near Wagga Wagga, as TransGrid responded to calls for assistance for the region’s many firefighters.

The state’s transmission network operator came to the fore after staff heard about the need for assistance in local media.

“We’ve got some staff members who are part of the volunteer workforce, so that made it especially important for us to do something to assist,” said Rudi Strobel, TransGrid’s Professional Officer in Wagga Wagga.

It was an emotional moment for Jill Ferguson and her team of coordinators at the Humula Bushfire Brigade, who cater for more than 120 people after each shift.

“I can’t tell you how grateful we are for what TransGrid has done, it was exactly what we needed,” Ms Ferguson said.

“We were in real need of sustenance to look after our teams who have been doing it tough out there for several days and I can’t thank their organisation enough.

“One phone call was made to me and just a little bit later I was told about 4 supermarkets up to 75 kilometres away had been bought out of electrolyte drinks and the truck was on the way to our headquarters.

“We’re working around the clock here and have to cater for many people but the response from the community and businesses has been overwhelming.”

The TransGrid team of Brooke Taylor, Adam Rands and Jai Driscoll delivered the supplies as firefighters battled the 2400 hectare blaze raged through the Murraguldrie State Forest between Wagga and Tumut, just a few kilometres from the Humula township. The Rural Fire Service and TransGrid work closely together during every bushfire season and part of the electricity network’s preparations ahead of the hot summer months is a Bushfire Management Plan, pulled together with data from the RFS.

“The RFS plays a key role in helping to safeguard our critical infrastructure,” said Lionel Smyth, the executive general manager of Network Services and Operations at TransGrid.

“We have a close association with RFS staff and volunteers so we are extremely pleased to help where we can.”