In­for­ma­tion sought on unit break-in

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - News - Holly Thomp­son

The Don­ny­brook-Balin­gup Shire Coun­cil chief bush fire con­trol of­fi­cer has or­gan­ised for a re­place­ment light tanker to go to a fire sta­tion near Green­bushes, after a break-in oc­curred on Septem­ber 19.

Munro Vol­un­teer Bush­fire Brigade dis­cov­ered it had been bro­ken into while its crew was on the way to a pre-sea­son fire train­ing ses­sion.

The brigade’s light tanker was dam­aged and equip­ment such as wa­ter containers, emer­gency flash lights, first aid kits, ra­dios and a fire ex­tin­guisher were taken.

Don­ny­brook po­lice Const. Pa­trick Adams said who­ever broke in stole about $2000 worth of spe­cial­ist equip­ment.

The back of the fire sta­tion was also dam­aged as a re­sult of forced en­try to the build­ing.

A re­place­ment light tanker has meant the sta­tion would still be able to func­tion while their own one is in for re­pairs.

Don­ny­brook-Balin­gup shire pres­i­dent Brian Piesse said the act was non­sen­si­cal and had neg­a­tively af­fected much-needed vol­un­teer fire

ser­vices in the lead-up to the bush­fire sea­son.

“The shire is do­ing ev­ery­thing in its power to sup­port the Munro Vol­un­teer Bush­fire Brigade to en­sure they have ad­e­quate ve­hi­cle cov­er­age while the light tanker is be­ing re­paired,” he said.

“It is hoped this is an iso­lated in­ci­dent, es­pe­cially since the fore­cast high bush­fire sea­son is only weeks away.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to con­tact lo­cal po­lice or crime stop­pers, and to keep an eye out for sus­pi­cious be­hav­iour after hours at lo­cal emer­gency ser­vices.

Munro Vol­un­teer Bush­fire Brigade fire con­trol of­fi­cer Tas Thamo and mem­ber Stu­art Walls with the light tanker that had items stolen.

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