Thousands of dollars worth of potentially life-saving equipment has been stolen from Rochester fire station.ELAINE COONEY July 3, 2014 3:10am
Rochester fire brigade member Chris Roberts and captain Mick Hassell are reeling from the theft of equipment. Photo: Elaine Cooney
Rochester police are seeking for information to catch a ‘‘low-life’’ thief who stole $6300 of equipment from Rochester fire station.
Leading Senior Constable John Atley said CFA radios, batteries and a box of torches were stolen from the unattended station.
‘‘(The firefighters) were out doing community work and some low-life came in and stole (the property) while they were on a 000 job,’’ he said.
He said the box of torches was taken from the back of a vehicle parked on site and the radio and batteries from the station.
Fire captain Mick Hassell said the crew had been on several jobs, so could not pinpoint an exact day and time the items were stolen.
He was disappointed by the opportunistic crime.
‘‘These scum obviously don’t realise that we rely on tools like these to assist with emergencies and help in maintaining everyone’s safety,’’ he said.
He said the batteries and radio were taken from their charger at the front of the building.
Mr Hassell said the station had spare equipment; so did not urgently need to replace it.
He said the extra equipment would be needed for larger jobs.
Mr Hassell said the torches were needed by the crew to work at night or when there was no electricity at a site.
He said the fire station would now need to be locked up every time they attend an incident.
Mr Hassell said locks were only fitted in fire station in the mid-80s when diesel was being stolen from trucks.
He was disappointed extra measures needed to be taken while on emergency callouts.
The incident is believed to have happened between June 15 and 19.
Any information can be given to Rochester police on 5484
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