NW firefighters theft victims

A STANDPIPE shaft, power pack, hooligan handlebar and compressor are amongst the items to have been stolen from the fire brigade in the Western Command area this year, the Public Safety Minister Edwin Poots has revealed.

In 2012 the Minister said a “standpipe shaft, chief branch, power pack, hooligan toolbar and compressor” were stolen in the Western Area Command which comprises Londonderry, Tyrone and Fermanagh.

In 2010 there was also a “theft of computer equipment in Western Area Command.”

And in 2010 there was a “break in at an officer’s home and theft of a Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) vehicle and contents” although the command area was not specified.

Equally, in 2009 18 scrap cars were stolen from various stations across Northern Ireland.

“In the current financial year NIFRS is currently considering allegations of theft in respect of a power washer, a ride on lawnmower and its associated ‘tow behind’ trailer, which were purchased prior to 2000,” stated the Minister.

“It is Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service policy to report all thefts to the Police Service of Northern Ireland; all of the above thefts were reported to the PSNI,” he added.