An entire neighbourhood in Six Nations will have to wait longer than normal to receive help from fire fighters after one of their satellite stations was broken into and emptied out.
Last summer, thieves rammed a truck through the main door of fire station 3 in Six Nations in an attempt to ransack the un-manned facility. Nothing was taken.
Last week however, thieves made their own door and with no alarms sounding, they had an unlimited amount of time to walk away with whatever they wanted.
“We have hydraulic spreaders, cutters and rams and also the simo-hydraulic pump which looks similar to a generator.”
Captain Murray Kechego says both firetrucks were damaged as the thieves tried to steal those too. Kechego estimates that the cost of the lost and damaged items could total $200 000, but that isn’t his greatest worry.
“Our biggest concerns and fears is the fact that this district is basically unprotected through Six Nations fire emergency services.”
Six Nations police’s investigation just started but one thing is certain, the thieves had the knowledge and tools to break into the station.
Among the expensive tools taken, the thieves also made off with a pair of walkie-talkies which may have been used accidentally by one of their children.
“Sounded like a young child was talking on the radio, so we documented those cases.”
Six Nations fire fighters are getting support from the surrounding Brant and Brantford fire departments while their trucks are repaired. They add that in lieu of any financial aid, those looking to help could simply donate to their toy drive during the holiday season.