EMERGENCY EQUIPMENT: Jeff Caldwell of Wyneden Rural Fire Service shows where the stolen chainsaw was kept. Behind him is the door that was broken into.
EMERGENCY EQUIPMENT: Jeff Caldwell of Wyneden Rural Fire Service shows where the stolen chainsaw was kept. Behind him is the door that was broken into. Samantha Elley

Firies hit by a fourth theft

THE small Wyneden Rural Fire Service on the Afterlee Rd out from Kyogle has been hit by theft again, for the fourth time in four years and members are fed up.

President Jeff Caldwell said they were a tiny group of around 10 volunteers and they work hard fundraising to be able to buy equipment.

"We don't get many bushfires around here but we are there when there are house and car fires," he said.

"We recently went down to Sydney for a week to help with the Blue Mountains bushfires as well."

The recent theft saw a new chainsaw and accessories stolen out of the fire truck nearly two weeks ago.

"The thieves jemmied open the side door (of the RFS garage) and the locks had been ripped off," he said.

"You can even see a bare footprint on the wall where the thief has leveraged himself to rip the door open."

According to Mr Caldwell police have done DNA testing where they know the thief has left his mark.

"The worst theft we had was when someone ram raided the shed with a stolen car and then stole the truck," he said.

"It was found burnt out at Browns Plains in Queensland. They got that person."

The shed will now have a new lock and alarm system installed with new lighting as well.

"(RFS volunteers) are here to help people and it costs them their time," Mr Caldwell said.

"Then some bastard has to go ahead and steal from them."



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