False alarm: stolen fire truck ... wasn't

Source: Warrnambool Standard

South-west Victorian firefighters have been left red-faced after a $350,000 fire truck from the Forrest station was yesterday mistakenly reported stolen. 

Colac region duty officer David McBain said the fire truck had been misplaced and then located after some new members used the vehicle for training.

“It was a genuine non-event,” he said about 2.30pm yesterday.

‘‘The truck was being used by a couple of new members for training.

Hours earlier the truck was reported stolen from the Forrest station to Colac police.

That report sparked an investigation involving Colac highway patrol unit’s Sergeant Shane Howard and Detective Sergeant Dave Renney, of the Colac crime investigation unit.

Detective Sergeant Renney asked about noon yesterday that anyone who saw the truck  to contact police.

“It’s a big red truck, valued at $350,000 and it’s missing,” he said at the time.

“You would just hope that someone has seen the roller door was up and taken it for a joyride.”

After Country Fire Authority officials admitted to the error, Detective Sergeant Renney said the matter had been resolved.

“We thought that may have been the case but when the truck was missing for four or five hours we were becoming a bit worried,” Detective Sergeant Renney said.

“It’s all ended all right.”

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