Tears flowed for one young Aussie soldier as she was reunited with her parents in Mallacoota when she choppered in to lend a hand as a ‘called-out’ Army Reservist on Operation Bushfire Assist 19-20.
CAPTION: Private Brodie Scott is thrilled to be home in Mallacoota to use her Army skills and training in her native community after the devastating bushfires. Story by Pilot Officer Brent Moloney.
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Private Brodie Scott, a local who became an Army Reserve driver after a gap year in Army in 2017, has returned as part of Victoria’s Joint Task Force 646.
Private Scott, of the 4th Combat Service Support Battalion in Melbourne, reflected on how great the chance was to get out and help, especially in her hometown.
“Now that I’ve arrived I’m looking forward to helping out anyway that I can,” Private Scott said.
“To know that mum and dad were still there during the fires was terrifying.
“I’m really glad that they’re okay, that the family home is still intact and now that I’ve arrived I’m looking forward to helping out anyway that I can.”
In coming days, Private Scott will be transporting diesel throughout Mallacoota to run generators at the power station supporting the area, as well as fuel ADF support vehicles and firefighting crew vehicles.
The community was pleased to see Private Scott and all the other ADF personnel in town to help.
Private Scott’s mother, Kathy, was excited to see her daughter return and had the highest praise for all the agencies involved during the bushfires.
“It’s been hard not having our girls [Brodie and her sister] here,” Mrs Scott said.
“but, it’s been amazing having the emergency services around to assist.”
Private Scott’s father, Marty Scott, said the family was, “very proud that Brodie put her hand up”.