Anger, shock and disbelief. These are just some of the sentiments Chief Rick White of Central Cariboo Search and Rescue (CCSAR) has as Williams Lake RCMP investigate the overnight theft of the brand new emergency response truck and tools. of the CCSAR.
“I couldn’t believe someone would do this,” White said Sunday morning (April 3). “Who would take rescue tools. I just can’t understand what they have done to the community.
White said a CCSAR member was returning home from a night shift at the local factory around 7 a.m. Sunday and noticed the bay door open and the new truck missing in the CCSAR lobby on the MacKenzie Ave in Williams Lake.
The truck is a distinctive fire engine red colored 2021 Dodge Ram 5500 rescue truck recently purchased for CCSAR valued at approximately $190,000. Hydraulic extrication tools and other tools and items taken with the truck and from another truck parked in the concourse are estimated to be an additional $200,000.
“We now have the bare minimum of tools – just enough for an accident scene.”
As everyone began to hear the news on Sunday morning, White said the Horsefly Volunteer Fire Department was offering CCSARS the use of its tools as needed.
“That’s so great of them.”
White said the culprit or culprits are believed to have broken a window around 1 a.m. to gain access to the emergency room.
The new truck was something CCSAR had been saving and planning for a long time and replaced the 20 year old crew response truck.
Williams Lake RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance in locating the truck, with BC license plate RH7960.
“This emergency vehicle represents a significant investment in community safety,” said Cpl. Shane Nicoll, Williams Lake RCMP. “We ask everyone to search for the search and rescue truck and, if seen, report it to the police immediately.”
Anyone who finds the vehicle should stay away from it and should call 911 or the Williams Lake RCMP at (250) 392-6211. Alternatively, if you wish to remain anonymous, you can report the location of the truck to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
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