Someone burglarized an Edgewood fire station overnight and stole, among other things, a rescue tool worth more than $10,000, the East Pierce firefighters union said Tuesday.
Equipment and one firefighter’s iPhone were also taken from Station 118 at 10105 24th St. E., IAFF Local 3520 said via Facebook.
Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said the burglary appears to have happened Monday between 10 and 10:30 p.m. The rescue tool taken was the Jaws of Life, he said.
Also taken were two radios worth more than $5,000 and protective equipment, the union said. A neighbor found a firefighter’s gear bag containing personal protective equipment worth $2,500.
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The union said it appeared the thief got into the station through a window on the side, likely while firefighters were inside.
East Pierce Fire & Rescue Assistant Chief Jim Jaques said a loaner piece of extrication equipment should be at the station Wednesday, to replace the missing Jaws of Life.
He said the department is considering measures such as cameras and alarm systems: “to better secure our stations.”
Anyone with information is asked to call Tacoma-Pierce County Crime Stoppers at 253-222-TIPS (8477).