The fires came within 700meters (2000ft) of Alan’s house and the household evacuated to a safer area whilst the fires approached. Thankfully, all people were saved from the fire whilst others were not so lucky.
Unfortunately, there have been many lives lost during these fires, most of these lives were people who were trying to save their own homes. Australia has also lost firefighters.
“I did know them and it was very difficult to accept that these men have paid the ultimate sacrifice doing what they loved doing. It devastated the firefighting community and it devastated everyone in Australia to hear of this news. After hearing the news and watching the reports at our station the next day, there was not a person in the station that wasn’t impacted. Members comforted each other as we came to terms with the reality that we have lost our soldiers to the very enemy we were fighting. There were tears and heartbreak, but the Australian spirit is to keep fighting”, shared Alan.
The firefighting efforts continue and The OAKS crew will have a long summer ahead to get this under control. It is the support of communities, businesses and families that make all of these efforts possible.
“My sincerest thank you and greatest appreciation to the Röhlig Australia team, Mat Vermeulen, Thomas Hansen and all the Röhlig colleagues around the world for their support during these bushfires. It showcases Röhlig’s community engagement focus and highlights the family orientated environment that Röhlig provides for their staff”, concluded Alan Burtenshaw.
Röhlig Australia has organized a fundraising campaign on behalf of those devastated by the bushfires. Please click here to donate, any contribution is greatly appreciated.