Equipment theft a hit to brigade
EMERGENCY services have expressed their disappointment after the Eaton-Australind Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service was targeted by thieves with thousands of dollars worth of equipment stolen.
Service captain Richard Constantine was left with one question after thieves broke into the brigade’s shed and stole up to $5000 worth of equipment in the early hours of Tuesday, January 30.
“How can someone do this to a community organisation?” Mr Constantine said.
To make matters worse it happened in peak season, with the risk of a fire as high as ever.
He said the stolen radios, lights and number plates would cost the brigade thousands of dollars to replace.
“It looks like they have entered the shed in the early hours of the morning and stripped the vehicles,” Mr Constantine said.
“It is a huge loss as it hinders our ability to change crews out.
“We won’t be able to have the extra man power at jobs.”
But probably the most disappointing part of the incident was the damage to the brigade’s education fire truck ‘Freddy’ and the theft of equipment that volunteers use to promote fire safety in schools.
“We do that in our free time,” Mr Constantine said.
“Freddy was built by members of the brigade.
“Even the stuff they have stolen from the truck was made by the wives of the members.”
Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades president Dave Gossage said he was disappoint- ed someone had targeted the brigade.
“It’s disappointing when I see that stuff happen,” he said. “It’s just un-Australian.” Mr Gossage said it ultimately came down to respect.
“They have no respect for themselves and therefore they have no respect for anyone else,” he said. Mr Constantine said it would be hard for the organisation to raise the money needed to replace the equipment.
Australind police are seeking information regarding the crime and are looking for two fairskinned males who drove a champagne-coloured Holden Commodore.