San Bernardino Fire Equipment Stolen

Burglars dealt a blow to San Bernardino after firefighters discovered nearly $200,000 in equipment missing from a storage container at a station closed for budget reductions, reports www.sbsun.com

“A storage container behind Station 10 was broken into and several pieces of swift-water rescue equipment and disaster shoring were taken,” Battalion Chief Alan Duggan said. “We don’t exactly know when it happened.”

The locked storage container was in the rear outdoor area of the station, fire officials said.

The reductions, which included closing Station 10 and removing one unit from the station on E Street, north of Highland Avenue, were intended to be balanced by reducing the number of call-outs to 9-1-1 medical calls that aren’t categorized as life-threatening.

Station 10 has been unmanned since the closure, fire officials said.

Police have not commented about the investigation, but Lt. Vicki Cervantes said police will provide extra patrols in and around the area of the fire station following the theft.

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