5 December 2023

Eden region Rural Fire Service truck stolen from locked shed in latest raid by thieves

| Claire Fenwicke
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A fire truck has been stolen from the Nethercote RFS. Photo: NSW Rural Fire Service/Facebook.

People across south-eastern NSW have been urged to keep an eye out for a stolen Rural Fire Service truck.

The red Nissan patrol was reported missing from the Nethercote Rural Fire shed at the intersection of Nethercote and Back Creed roads about 7:30 pm on Monday (4 December).

Police were told the tabletop utility had a Stihl chainsaw, white hydrant stand, defibrillator, bolt cutters, jerry can and several hoses taken from the padlocked shed (located about 10 km north-east of Eden) between 11:30 am on Sunday, 3 December, and 4:30 pm on Monday, 4 December.

The truck doesn’t have number plates, but NETHERCOTE 9 is written on both sides of the vehicle.

RFS ute

The Nethercote RFS ute was stolen sometime earlier this week. Photo: NSW Police.

NSW RFS Far South Coast district coordinator Chris Anderson said it was “very disappointing” the station had been targeted by thieves yet again.

“It’s a very isolated and remote shed … it has been targeted a number of times,” he said.

“This brigade gives a lot to the Nethercote community and the wider community as well; they were recently involved in the Coolagolite fire.

“They’ve already been quite busy [this season] with a number of fires, and also worked in the 2019/20 Black Summer with fires right on their doorstep.”

Mr Anderson said the local team still had enough resources to operate during the summer.

“Although this is very disappointing, the team can guarantee there are still enough trucks in the area to keep the community safe this bushfire season,” he said.

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It’s understood the truck could be being driven towards Cooma or Bombala.

Police are investigating the incident, with anyone with information urged to contact Bega Police Station on (02) 6492 9999 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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