Theft leaves the RFS fuming

FERNMOUNT’S fire crews are still reeling from a despicable act on one of their trucks this week.

The brigade’s main Rural Fire Service Isuzu tanker was locked away overnight on Tuesday at Bananacoast Batteries for repairs when louts broke into the compound.

They smashed the tanker’s rear passenger window to get inside and grabbed two LED mag-light torches, a global positioning system, a UHF hand-held CB radio and a microphone from the primary mobile radio.

The raid has not only left the firefighters without important tools-of-the-trade, it’s also put the frontline vehicle off the road until at least next week so the window can be replaced.

“Our personnel are shocked and upset that people would do that to a vital piece of equipment,” said Inspector Michael Brougham, the operations officer with the RFS on the Mid North Coast.

“We’re all shocked that it happened and annoyed that someone would break into a fire truck that serves the community.

“The brigade members of Fernmount are volunteers who have worked hard to get their equipment through fundraising and grant funding.

“They work hard as a volunteer organisation and will now have to find more funds to replace what has been stolen.”

Forensics police have been called in to examine the tanker in a bid to track down the culprits.

If you saw suspicious activity at Bananacoast Batteries in Marcia Street, Coffs Harbour, between 6pm on Tuesday and 7am on Wednesday, you are urged to contact Coffs Harbour police on 6652 0299 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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