GRANTVILLE and surrounding communities rallied together at the weekend to support firefighters and those fleeing their homes.
Social media was inundated with messages of support and assistance, including offers of paddocks for displaced cattle and free temporary accommodation.
The Grantville Pantry was handing out coffees to emergency
services’ personnel and the local pharmacy was offering free personal care items for people who were displaced by the fires.
Staff also offered to contact GPs to arrange emergency supplies if people misplaced scripts, as well as free pharmacy supplies for firefighters.
It was a true show of solidarity between residents and business owners that nothing can bring them down.
On Saturday, firefighters were treated to a free lunch by a volunteer-run organisation, the Rapid Relief Team, at the Grantville Hall.
There was also an area set up outside, under umbrellas and surrounded by fans, to check firefighters’ blood pressure and other vitals.
A nearby property owner dropped in and handed out free frozen Zooper Doopers to firefighters; another dropped off sushi, and major supermarkets donated water and food supplies.
“It’s fantastic to see how the community comes together,” Bass Coast Mayor Brett Tessari said on Saturday.
“The firefighters are just doing an absolutely incredible job.”
Community spirit lives on