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FIRST ON FOX: Fire Dept, Marine Units docked after thieves steal emergency equipment

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BALTIMORE (WBFF)-- Bowleys Quarters Volunteer firefighters are outraged by the theft that has grounded one of their fire and rescue boats. Monday Night, thieves used wire cutters to break through the fence and steal items from 8 boats at the Beacon Light Marina.

Among the boats targeted by the thieves: Marine Unit 217, a 23 foot boat that can hold two patients, and 3 crew members. The boat goes on as many as 80 emergency calls a year. Due to its unique size and capabilities, it is often used on the waterways surrounding Bowleys Quarters. Bowleys Quarters Fire Chief John Heinz explained, "So this is a big hurt right now not having that medium response boat. It's the most used boat. This is the boat that goes into the creeks the rivers this is our most used boat and now it's out of service. I can't respond this way."

The estimated loss of equipment is $13,000, but firefighters say the real cost may come into play when that unit is needed and unable to respond. Heinz stated, “Additional resources come from 20 minutes, to half an hour away this is a delay in our response to help these people out. "

Baltimore County Police are looking through surveillance video to see if they can track down the suspects. People at the marina say it appears the thieves used a Yeti Cooler to help carry some of the stolen equipment.

Heinz has a message for the crooks, " I will put the plea out there, if you have the equipment please return it no questions asked. It's very disturbing to me that someone would go ahead and take stuff we use to assist other vessels out there. Lives could be in jeopardy. “

The Bowleys Quarters volunteer firefighters provide protection on land and on water, covering 175 miles of shore line, and 90 square miles of open water in the Chesapeake Bay.

Bowleys Quarters Fire Station is now collecting donations so they can replace the stolen equipment click here.

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