A burglary and theft of $50,000 worth of firefighting and emergency equipment at a Woodland fire station may impact emergency services, reports The Daily News Online.
The station is not staffed every day and does not have surveillance cameras. The Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident.
The suspected burglars broke in through the back of the fire station by ripping out an exterior wall and kicking down the interior wall. The suspects stripped four fire trucks of medical equipment, handheld radios and several tools, including axes and chainsaws. The self-contained breathing apparatus, at $8,000 a unit, were also taken.
The burglars also cut the catalytic converter off of the station’s “Brush 1” truck.
The other three trucks do not have the appropriate medical equipment to respond to calls.