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Jaws of Life, other equipment stolen from Innisfree fire department

About $30,000 worth of fire equipment, including the Jaws of Life, was stolen from the Innisfree Fire Department this month.
Firefighters use the Jaws of Life to pry open a vehicle door. (CBC)

About $30,000 worth of fire equipment, including the Jaws of Life, was stolen from the Innisfree Fire Department this month.

Vermilion RCMP say the equipment was discovered missing from the fire hall on Feb. 2, but was only reported missing a week later, on Feb. 9.

Cpl. Corey Buckingham said he couldn't specify what other kind of equipment was stolen, only that it was all related to firefighting. Police have no suspects in custody, but Buckingham said they are working with Lloydminster RCMP, because the case has a possible connection to that city. Buckingham couldn't say whether more than one person was thought to be involved in the theft.

"It's kind of a unique situation, we're kind of in the dark a little bit," Buckingham said. "We have some leads that we're actively investigating."

Buckingham said there were no signs of a break-in at the fire hall. Police think the theft occurred within the span of a few days before the equipment was found missing. The theft likely occurred at night, he said. 

Some of the stolen equipment could be sold, he said. 

Buckingham said the fire department will rely on services from neighbouring departments in Vegreville and Vermilion until the equipment is found.

Innisfree is about 140 kilometres east of Edmonton.