In Response to: Devastating bushfires
Location: East Gippsland, VIC
Active: Jan 21, 2020
ObjectiveOp Richter, named for Private Phillip Mackay Richter, a National Serviceman who was killed in Vietnam on 28 February 1970 at the age of 21, was launched in response to fires that have been burning since November. Over 300 homes have been confirmed lost in East Gippsland and NE Victoria, and five lives have been lost, including three emergency services personnel.
On 21 January, TRA deployed an Operational Reconnaissance Team to the town of Buchan in East Gippsland to engage with the local community and identify key tasks. The main body of TRA arrived in Buchan on Saturday the 1st of February and set to work in earnest.