Friday night, a Portland Fire Bureau vehicle was broken into and firefighter protective equipment was stolen. The incident happened in the area SE Division and SE 45th Ave.
The vehicle, a 2013 GMC Yukon, is used by a Portland Fire Battalion Chief and contained personal protective gear, medical equipment and other lifesaving tools. During the night, a thief broke the rear window and stole a turnout jacket and a Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA), which is the backpack style air pack that firefighters wear into hazardous environments. The total value of these two items is approximately $10,000.
The public is asked to be on the lookout for either of these two items. If you see either item, please notify the Portland Fire non-emergency dispatch at 503-823-3333 and reference Police Case #23-90401.