Rocherlea firefighters Matt Brain and Jeremy Patterson with a hose and standpipe similar to the equipment stolen from a fire scene at Mowbray on Saturday. Picture: PHILLIP BIGGSFIREFIGHTERS have been left scratching their heads after Tasmania Fire Service equipment was stolen during a fire at Mowbray on Saturday.
A standpipe and hose were stolen while crews from the Rocherlea Fire Station fought a grass fire near Dover Street at 2.30pm.
When new, the stolen equipment had a combined value of more than $300, Launceston Fire Brigade senior station officer Robert Featherstone said.
This was the second theft of similar equipment in the area in a fortnight, Mr Featherstone said.
“We’re trying to protect the community as quickly and efficiently as we can, and then when a piece of integral equipment is stolen it’s not really helping us protect the community,” he said.
“Whichever truck is missing [the equipment] is out of action as I can’t leave that as a stand-alone unit until we replace [the equipment].
“We as a fire service would be quite happy with [the equipment] being returned to one of our fire stations anywhere in Tasmania, or if someone’s got any information they could call Crime Stoppers,” he said.
A statement from Tasmania Police said the theft “hindered the fire crew’s attempts to control the grass fire on a day of challenging conditions”.
A witness told police three youths had been observed running from the scene with the stolen equipment.
Police were appealing to the public for help identifying the perpetrators and locating the equipment.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.