Low act puts firefighters at risk

IT was a low act that could have put the lives of an entire town at risk.

Yesterday it emerged that, this week, as volunteer firefighters were run off their feet battling an outbreak of grassfires across Central Queensland, callous thieves stole six two-way radios from a Dululu rural fire truck.

The theft, sometime between Monday and Wednesday, left this brigade’s firefighters with no hand-held communication equipment, their only form of emergency contact during fires.

If this crew were called to a fire on Wednesday, they would have been forced to respond without this crucial equipment, said Col Vardy, first officer of the Dululu rural fire brigade.

“Lives could have been put at risk and we were lucky we weren’t called to fires on Wednesday,” Mr Vardy said.

Mr Vardy, who reported the incident to Goovigen police, is urging the thieves to simply drop the radios back at the Dululu fire shed.

“The radios are engraved so they won’t be able to be sold for anything,” he said.

Yesterday fire authorities said the Dululu crew would be given hand-held radios if they were called to the fire ground.

Col Vardy, who has been a volunteer firefighter for nearly 30 years, works full-time for the Department of Community Safety and is also a part-time volunteer for the State Emergency Service.

Anyone with information that might assist police should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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