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Stanley, Black & Decker supporting brigades
Three CFA volunteer brigades left reeling after recent burglaries have received a lift thanks to a generous donation from Stanley, Black & Decker.
Members of Darraweit Guim, Riddells Creek and the Bolinda-Monegeetta fire brigades have struggled to understand why thieves would target a community emergency service after recent break-ins between March and July this year.
Darraweit Guim brigade secretary Danielle Craig said the burglaries came just months after the region had faced its worst fires in recent memory.
"It was a real blow to the brigades, and the wider community, which is still recovering from fires which ripped through the district in Februrary," Ms Craig said.
A four-wheel drive vehicle was stolen from one brigade and was later found burnt out at Melton, and all three brigades were burgled, with essential equipment including chainsaws taken.
While the equipment will be replaced by CFA's insurers, tool supplier Stanley, Black & Decker was moved to pitch in with a generous donation of power tools, hand tools and Garden care equipment, presented on Monday 11 August.
"Members of our communities,and companies such as DeWALT, Stanley Black & Decker have been very supportive. We're very grateful to know that the brigades are so well regarded," Ms Craig said.
She said security had been further improved to better protect the vehicles and equipment from thieves.
DeWALT end user specialist Robert Picerni said the company was shocked to hear of the burglaries and was keen to help in whatever way it could. "It was a pleasure to be a part of the day and to provide training to the volunteers on their new tools," he said.
"The volunteers who devote their time to protecting the community deserve to know how much we appreciate their service, we hope this donation will help them to continue their good work," said Adam Smith from DeWALT.
Victoria Police is continuing to investigate the thefts. Anyone with information is urged to Call crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.