Nfld. & Labrador

Life-saving equipment stolen from fire department in Bishop's Falls

The theft of life-saving equipment belonging to the fire department in Bishop's Falls has put people's lives at risk, according to the department chief.

Bishops Falls break-ins

7 years ago
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The CBC's Chris Ensing speaks with Bishops Falls fire chief Gary Harnum about the break-in with their emergency repeater system. 1:18

The theft of important equipment belonging to the fire department in Bishop's Falls has put people's lives at risk, the central Newfoundland town's fire chief warns.

Gary Harnum said someone last week broke into a building that the department uses, and stole a battery and charger.

"Someone could die over this," Harnum told CBC News, adding that the equipment is used to power a paging system during emergencies.

He said without the battery and charger, emergency calls won't get through as quickly as they normally would.

"I don't know if they realize it, but I mean they are putting the lives and the well-being of town of Bishop's Falls and the surrounding areas in jeopardy," he said.

Worrying trend

Harnum said it's the second time a battery and charger have been stolen from the same unit in a month.

He wants to get the message out that stealing equipment from the fire department puts the whole community at risk.

"Every minute is critical," he said.

"It could be in the means of saving someone or not."

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