Merritt Fire Rescue Department (MFRD) members were shocked to discover that their Quint Fire Engine had been vandalized on the evening of Monday, May 3.
“On Monday night, between 7pm – 9pm, the ladder truck was keyed while sitting on the front tarmac of the fire station while firefighters were inside training inside the building,” said Fire Chief Dave Tomkinson.
Although the damage is cosmetic and will not affect the service the vehicle performs in the community, members of MFRD are dismayed by the wanton defacing of their equipment.
“A 3-foot-long gouge was carved into the front passenger door, through the paint, down to metal in some sections,” said Tomkinson.
“Our firefighters are disheartened by the random act of vandalism, something rarely experienced at the fire station. Our firefighters have taken great pride in our equipment here at Merritt Fire. Each piece of equipment, each engine, serving a key role, allowing us to do our job for a community that we love, and its visitors. We also know that our community members have invested a great deal into our ability to protect and serve them. We have been respectful of that by caring for our equipment so that it serves as many Merrittonians as possible during its lifetime.”
Although MFRD carries insurance, they will not use this avenue to recoup the cost of the repairs, as the insurance is geared towards more intensive damage and repairs.
“Damage is in the $1000.00 range and will not be repaired through insurance as the deductible makes it cost prohibitive,” said Tomkinson.
Anyone with any information regarding the incident is asked to call the Merritt RCMP or Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-8477, or visit the Crime Stoppers website at: http://www.bccrimestoppers.com/
Morgan Hampton, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Merritt Herald