Fire bri­gade thefts put com­mu­nity in peril

Great Southern Herald - - News - Talitha Wolfe

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.

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