SISTERS, OR -- The Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire Department lost $17,000 worth of life saving and firefighting equipment in a burglary from a volunteer station, Tuesday night.
Fire Chief Tim Craig tells KBND News the break-in occurred at Station 703 inside the Squaw Creek Canyon Estates subdivision. "Somebody made entry and ransacked our apparatus, went through a lot of our personal protective equipment, some of the personal gear that belonged to some of the firefighters. They ended up taking chainsaws, Automated External Defibrillators units - which are units that we use to help revive people who are in cardiac arrest. They also took a thermal imaging camera some GPS units."
Chief Craig says they are able to shift some equipment from lesser-used units, but the small department will still take a financial hit. "We have insurance, that will help us with this. But, like anyone, we're going to have to pay a deductible and there's going to be a hit to the organization for that. Thankfully, we're out of wildfire season, and we have some apparatus that's specialized for wildfire. We were able to move some equipment from those wildfire apparatus onto our primary response apparatus for structure fire and EMS response."
He acknowledges other departments across the state are dealing with crimes like this. "It really is pretty brazen. It's not something I've deal with, but I've certainly heard about it. There was a recent break in at a fire station outside of Florence. It was a similar type of situation, where it's not a staffed station, but primarily a volunteer call-back response station. They lost some equipment this week too."
Anyone with information on the break-in is asked to call the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office at 541-693-6911.