THIEVES have stolen $23,000 of equipment paid for by community fundraising from the Darraweit Guim CFA depot near Gisborne.
A police spokesman said thieves broke into a locked shed at the property between 4pm on Saturday and 7.30am on Sunday to steal the equipment.
The haul included a distinctive ‘Australian Lighting’ tower worth $10,000, protective fire fighting clothing, UHF radios, a 10-horsepower Mercury boat motor, infrared binoculars, Olympus digital camera and a Stihl chainsaw.
Macedon Ranges Crime Investigation Unit detectives believe a large vehicle or trailer was used to transport the equipment.
Police said the stolen equipment had been purchased with money raised by the local community and CFA.
Detectives have released images of the stolen lighting tower, of which there are only three in Victoria.
Anyone with any information about the burglary is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit www.crimestoppers.com.au