Firefighters battle flames – and thieves and drunks

Friday June 12, 2020 Written by Published in Crime
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Puaikura fire officers are calling on the public for their assistance in locating critical machinery stolen brazenly from the station while they were out battling an inferno at a family’s home.

The officers were out fighting the blaze in Betela, Arorangi, last week, when their air compressor was taken. At the same time, drunken bystanders were hurling abuse at them as they tried to save the house.

Worst of all, at one point a bystander was pulling at the hoses of firefighters who were inside the burning house.

“It was a crazy night and sad that there are people who don’t appreciate the hard work all of the different brigades do,” said one of the firefighters, Fletcher Melvin.

Fire chief Barry Hill said they were out late fighting the fire, so they know the burglary happened after 11pm on Thursday night. They found the compressor was missing on Friday morning.

The compressor is used in fire truck repairs and tyre maintenance, so they can race out at short notice.

The culprits had probably tried to get to the BSP ATM money machine located at the fire station but failed, Hill said. BSP is checking its security cameras.

If anyone knows of anyone acquiring an air compressor, Hill is pleading for information.

6 comments

  • Comment Link Uti Monday, 15 June 2020 13:58 posted by Uti

    Easy..... old school.... paoa ki te puku-rima.... end of story

  • Comment Link ghost1724@hotmail.com Sunday, 14 June 2020 14:14 posted by ghost1724@hotmail.com

    That sad for people to act this way as a ex Puaikura volunteer when it first started I felt for them that they go all their way to help the community.Leave whatever they doing n attend to emergency like this without pay n some bloody idiots pay them like this.Stay strong guys n still do what you do best

  • Comment Link Maara Saturday, 13 June 2020 22:32 posted by Maara

    This is sad especially for volunteers, those bystanders should have known better, how attitude have changed over time, job well done guys.

  • Comment Link Ed Redman Friday, 12 June 2020 20:30 posted by Ed Redman

    Absolutely disgusting behavior. Hope the community find out who these idiots are and retrieve the compressor.

  • Comment Link Neil Davison Friday, 12 June 2020 14:58 posted by Neil Davison

    Shocking news, hope you get a lead on your equipment & get it back safely

  • Comment Link JOE. Friday, 12 June 2020 13:00 posted by JOE.

    THIS IS SOOOOO SAD TO HAPPEN....WHAT WERE THEY THINKING WHOEVER THEY ARE....HOPE YOU CATCH WHO EVER DID THIS.. MAY THE GOOD BLESSINGS OF THE LORD GUIDE YOU ALL FIRE FIGHTERS IN RAROTONGA AND MAY MAY GOD ALSO GIVE YOU ALL THE STRENGTH IN DOING YOUR JOB....GOD BLESS..

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