Firefighters fed up with equipment thefts during calls

Firefighters put a saw down that they used to cut through a gate, and someone grabbed it while they were working

By FireRescue1 Staff

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Firefighters are fed up after equipment was stolen from them while they were battling a house fire.

KOAT reported that Bernalillo County firefighters used a saw to cut through a safety gate to get to the house. After using it, they put it down only to have someone walk up and steal it.

“When you get to the point where you're kind of blatantly just no fear, walk up and you take equipment even from the fire department, as we're trying to rescue people and put out fires, that's getting out of hand,” Bernalillo County firefighter Matt Propp said. “You're affecting our ability to save someone's life.”

Firefighters were unable to stop the man as they extinguished the fire, but neighbors helped police locate the saw later.

Previously, thieves took about $500 worth of equipment from a fire department storage unit as well.

“I hate to say that I’m not really surprised anymore,” Propp said. “The people in this neighborhood are obviously as fed up as we are, and they made a stand.”

During the same call, another person jumped in a fire truck and rifled through medical supplies but was chased away by neighbors.

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