Fire brigade thefts put community in peril
A Great Southern bushfire brigade has been targeted by thieves and is one of four brigades hit in the region in the past six months.
Mt Barker police reported several items were stolen from Perillup Volunteer Bushfire Brigade fire trucks, west of Mt Barker, at the weekend.
Diesel, a fast-fill water pump and tools were among the items stolen.
Shire of Plantagenet community emergency services manager Jo Weekes said this was the fourth theft targeting fire brigades in the region in the past six months.
With emergency services called to an out-of-control burn-off in Denbarker, Ms Weekes said these attacks were putting the community at risk.
“The worrying thing is we had a fire on the weekend, and luckily the (Perillup) fire brigade wasn’t needed,” she said. “If they turn up and can’t use their truck because there is no fuel, that puts lives in danger.
“It’s very frustrating and very worrying.”
The news comes after a fire truck was stolen from Torbay Volunteer Fire Brigade in December.
Ms Weekes urged the community to be aware of suspicious behaviour and to contact Crime Stoppers if they had any information.
“It does cost money and could be dangerous to the community itself,” she said. Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.