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Firefighters Fuming After Someone Stole 1,000 Litres Of Water From Station

Firefighters Fuming After Someone Stole 1,000 Litres Of Water From Station

Firefighters around Australia have been battling bushfires for several weeks now and many are exhausted. Some teams are relying on the kindness of strangers to keep them going in the way of food and other donations.

But one station has discovered that a thief has stolen around 1,000 litres of water from them as they continue to trying to extinguish raging infernos.

Credit: QEFS
Credit: QEFS

Woodhill Rural Fire Brigade, located in Logan, south of Brisbane, uncovered the theft last week and have notified police about the incident.

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Fire Brigade First Officer Ben Heilbronn has told ABC: "We noticed some tyre tracks in and around there that were bigger than our own vehicles, and that the water level had dropped.

"I think it's a sign of the desperation and the dire need that rural communities have for water, and just how low the average household tanks are.

"There has been anger and frustration. It's really disappointing to think that someone in the community or around the community could do that.

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"That passes quickly... there is not a lot of time for anger when you're back out fighting fires."

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Credit: Woodhill Rural Fire Brigade/Facebook
Credit: Woodhill Rural Fire Brigade/Facebook

The team at Woodhill Rural Fire Brigade have been busy battling a bushfire in Esk, which is two hours away. After the theft, volunteers had to drive into Logan to fill up the tanks after completing 12-hour shifts.

But even though this is an awful situation, the brilliant Aussie spirit has kicked in and loads of people have enquired about donating water to help the fire service out.

The fire brigade wrote on their Facebook page: "We have had a lot of offers for donations of water since posting about our water being stolen from our tanks. While we appreciate the offers it has been taken care of. However if you have water supplies on your property that we can access for fire fighting and want to help be sure to grab one of these bad boys.

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"This blue reflector attached to a post near your front gate signals to us that you have a water source we can use for fire fighting. This could be tanks, dams or even a pool. So long as a truck can gain access to it we can use it. With water being in short supply lately and a lot of our area not having readily accessible fire hydrants this is a huge help to us."

Featured Image Credit: Woodhill Rural Fire Brigade/Facebook

Topics: News, Australia

Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie is a Trending Journalist at LADbible. His first job was as a newsreader and journalist at the award winning Sydney radio station, Macquarie Radio. He was solely responsible for the content broadcast on multiple stations across Australia when the MH17, Germanwings and AirAsia disasters unfolded. Stewart has covered the conflict in Syria for LADbible, interviewing a doctor on the front line, and has contributed to the hugely successful UOKM8 campaign.