Rural fire brigade to struggle after $10k in gear stolen
THIEVES could hardly have picked a worse time to steal vital fire fighting equipment from the Chatsworth Rural Fire Brigade, First Officer Serge Leroyer said.
Mr Leroyer said he believed burglars had hit the brigade headquarters on Sunday afternoon, breaking in through a side door and stealing about $10,000 worth of life saving tools.
"We were last there about 11.30am," he said. "We found a side door open with the lock broken."
The volunteer service would struggle to recover, he said.
The thieves took three Stihl chainsaws, one from each vehicle, a Renegade compressor, a Stihl leaf blower and whipper snipper, two pairs of binoculars, LED spotlights, vehicle tools and "a lot of small items," he said.
"It would have been worth $10,000 or more," he said.
The theft came as the normally dry fire season approaches, after plenty of rain to encourage the growth of grass which could easily become fuel later in the year.
They also took some big plastic tubs, used for holding oil spill absorbing material.
"They spilled the material on the floor to get the tubs," he said.
He appealed for anyone who saw anything Sunday afternoon or overnight to contact police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
"The shed is on a no through road and the side door is on the road side of the shed.
"It is quite easy to see from the road and we hope someone can help describe the vehicle," he said.
Anyone with information is asked to call police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000