“I can’t wait for my next deployment”
I am seriously impressed with DRA and I loved my first deployment. We made such an impact to community resident Janet. We made her cry in a way that “I haven’t cried in over 11 years.”
From good humour and easy organisation, DRA has everything possible sorted, that you could think of. The teamwork shirts are the best I have ever worn, and what impressed me the most, was the care and maintenance of the chainsaws each afternoon.
Black Summer Bushfire Recovery in Adelaide Hills
DRA supported the Lobethal community in the Adelaide Hills with bushfire relief and recovery from the devastating Black Summer Bushfires.
DRT SA volunteers deployed over a series of nine waves.
“I feel privileged”
After retiring I wanted to volunteer my time and skills to help others. I joined DRA following a suggestion from my sister, a Navy and VicPolice veteran, also a DRA volunteer.
My first deployment was to the Adelaide Hills third Wave. Everything was run like a well-oiled machine (or chainsaw!). I was one of the worker bees who, without chainsaw qualifications, was able to assist in cleaning up at two properties devastated by last year’s fires. We worked in teams up and down the steep terrain each day. I expected to work hard, and it was tough going. But it was nothing compared to how tough and resilient the property owners are.
Impact on the ground
DRA conducted several bushfire recovery service projects in the Cudlee Creek and Cherry Gardens areas, over an 18-month period.