Stevens County Washington Fire Department Experiencing A String Of Thefts

Lefty Graves

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With fire season just around the corner, residents of South Stevens County, Washington, are worried that they may not have the equipment to fight a fire should one break out in their area. Stevens County Washington Enterprise Fire Department has experienced some theft issues, namely, their fire truck that they use out in the brush for fires.

To make matters worse, the other fire truck is missing some critical components, including the battery and a radio rendering it useless for fighting fires at this time. All of this equipment is utilized by volunteer fire fighter's in Fire District 2 of Stevens County to help protect the area surrounding the Enterprise Fire Station and communities including Cedonia, Hunters, Fruitland, Enterprise, and the West End of the Spokane Indian Reservation.

Local residents are alarmed and canvassing the area to help locate the stolen truck. One resident spread the news and drove around looking for the missing fire truck and stated that he knows it is out there somewhere. Someone knows something. Other residents keep a close watch on their own properties and are more vigilant than usual.

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Typically, it would take about 15 minutes for the fire trucks and volunteers to arrive on the scene if there was a fire. Located just over 7 miles north of the Two Rivers Bridge, the area will have to rely on fire districts surrounding them, including Hunters and the Two Rivers area, should a brush fire or a house fire break out until the missing equipment can be located or replaced.

Since this particular fire station is unmanned, there's no definitive date of when the thefts occurred. However, had it not been for Stevens County Fire Chief Rick Anderson driving by on his way to a meeting and noticing the door rolled up, the citizens in this area may not have found out about the theft for several more days.

It can cost as much as $100,000 or more for these specialized fire trucks, and replacing the equipment that has been stolen can be as much as $150,000. The incident is being investigated by Stevens County Sheriff's Office. Keep your eyes open for a white extended cab truck with some green striping. Washington License Plate C1694D. This equipment is vital to protecting the South End of Stevens County.

While the fire truck and the equipment are insured, it's supplied by the DNR of Washington State, and the process of deciding who gets the reimbursement will take a while and the procurement of the equipment required to replace the stolen property.

If you see this truck or have any information regarding the theft, please call the Stevens County 911 Center at 509.684.2555 with your information.

The community's citizens appreciate all of the tips and help that the public is giving them in locating their missing fire truck and equipment.

Sources:

**Personal interviews with community members: RW., JW, CC., and JM (initials used for privacy).

https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2022/may/17/stevens-county-emergency-services-reeling-after-th/

https://www.krem.com/article/news/crime/firetruck-reported-stolen-stevens-county/293-4ac07c90-5c98-4ff1-ab09-f104fe7f3c34

https://www.khq.com/news/stevens-county-fire-district-facing-over-200-000-in-damages-after-brush-truck-stolen-another/article_d68f57f8-d58f-11ec-805e-bb3598f7a265.html

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