Fire Department Operating Without Crucial Fire Truck

Fire Department Operating Without CrucialFire Truck

30 November 2005

published by WVNS

Deputies are investigating the theft of a fire truck

The Athens Volunteer Fire Department says someone broke into its building through a side window and stole some tools and a truck that’s used for fighting brush fires.

It happened either Saturday night or early Sunday morning.

It was a Forestry Service Truck that the department relies on during forest fire season and in the winter.

“And especially during inclement weather, which we’re about to get into with the large snows, this truck is four-wheel drive, and we have used it numerous times to transport people during inclement weather,” said John Casey, the assistant fire chief in Athens.

The Athens Fire Department is afraid the thief might strip the truck, repaint it, and sell it, along with the parts on the truck.

The truck is a 1977 Dodge pickup. It has a forestry sticker on the tailgate. There’s also a portable pump, hose reel, and aluminum tank.

Call the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department, if you have any information on the case.

Story by Steve Ring 


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