The logistics behind feeding an army of firefighters battling the Tasman blaze

Feeding the fire fighting force that is combatting the Tasman fire is a military operation with members from the New Zealand Defence Forces cooking up hundreds of meals a day for volunteers and evacuees.

One hundred and thirty personnel from the army and air force are on the ground in the region to assist in the ongoing battle with the blaze with most of the army’s reinforcements coming from the Burnham Camp.

Second Lieutenant Cameron 'Sully' O'Sullivan told 1 NEWS there were a few soldiers from Linton as well.

"Some of us came up within about half and hour of getting the call and we’ve had more come up as it's been asked for by Civil Defence and the local government."

Second Lieutenant O’Sullivan said they catered dinner for around 750 people yesterday.

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    "We're expecting those numbers again for breakfast and lunch.

    "That's meals that are being served with us at our location and also meals that we'll take out to the front line."

    Meals delivered to firefighters are transported in hot boxes to make sure they receive something that is "hot and filling to eat" while they continue to work 12-hour shifts.

    The operation is one the New Zealand Defence Force is carry out all around the Pacific, Second Lieutenant O’Sullivan said.

    "Personally, I've been to Samoa, Vanuatu, Kiribati and the Solomon Islands," he said.

    "The whole Defence Force is trained to do this, and they do it throughout the Pacific on call when asked for."

    Second Lieutenant O'Sullivan added that people in the area had been well-behaved with the defence forces also manning cordons.

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      Second Lieutenant Cameron O'Sullivan told John Campbell they’re catering for around 700 people each meal. Source: Breakfast