The Dashwood Fire Department west of Qualicum Beach has discovered backup fuel and a Christmas present for the fire chief’s son had been stolen from their storage container, along with some other items.
On Sunday the department says their Seacan on at their 230 Hobbs Road Fire Station was broken into and has spare fuel for their generator and vehicles, along with two weed eaters and a brand new mountain bike, are missing.
The incident has been reported the RCMP, they believe it occurred in the last 24 hours.
Luckily power was restored to the station Sunday afternoon following Thursday’s storm, but the fuel is also used for the trucks.
“[that fuel is also for] If we are out doing calls and we don’t have staff to go out to and get fuel,” said Dashwood fire chief Nick Acciavatti.
Acciavatti’s son’s gift was the stolen bike, he says the incident is the second on the Island this week targetting firefighters.
“Its unreal, Lake Cowichan also had their storage broken into,”
While the power was out the Lake Cowichan Fire Department had their storage area broken into and are missing a white 100-pound liquid propane bottle.
A four-foot high cart it was chained too was also stolen, and they say it is absolutely useless to the public and is extremely hazardous, as it is for specialized fire training.
The incident has also been reported to the RCMP.
“It is for live fire training… we would like it back,” said Lake Cowichan Fire chief Doug Knot. “[they will] probably abandon it.”
Anyone with information on the missing items is asked to contact the RCMP or Crime Stoppers.