A firefighter has slammed callous burglars who made off from Kingsclere Fire Station with life saving equipment used at the scene of road traffic collisions, following a break-in.
According to Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS), burglars broke into the fire station, in George Street, between 4pm on Friday (September 11) and 1pm on Saturday (September 12) and stole vital cutting tools used by firefighters to extricate people trapped in vehicles, in the event of a road traffic incident.
It is believed hydraulic cutters, a ram and a petrol power pack were taken.
Station Manager Damian Watts said:
“This equipment is incredibly important for us to respond and we cannot do our job without it, which puts lives at risk.
"Thanks to our robust contingency plans we were able to work rapidly and replace these vital items of equipment to ensure that Kingsclere Fire Station was able to respond to 999 calls if required.”
The fire service is working alongside Hampshire police to investigate the incident.
Anyone with information is asked to call the non emergency police telephone number, 101 quoting 44150316769.