June 25, 2018
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Dexter firefighters report missing gear

By Diana Bowley, BDN Staff

DEXTER, Maine — When a specialty helmet and an extrication tool disappeared from the Fire Department a couple of months ago, firefighters initially thought someone was playing a practical joke.

Then a pair of gloves and a coat disappeared sometime later, followed by a pair of firefighting pants. By the end of the summer, someone had taken a firefighter’s complete turnout gear valued at $2,000 and firefighters realized they were dealing with a thief.

To help prevent further thefts, the Town Council on Thursday approved the expenditure of $834 from the Fire Department’s equipment reserve to purchase security cameras.

Firefighter Duke Leighton said Friday the department is always locked so the thefts puzzle members. There is a combination lock on the front of the fire station and the building has a couple of keyed entries in other locations.

Leighton hopes someone will see the items somewhere. β€œIt’s not stuff that’s around everyone’s homes,” he said.

While the missing helmet might look like any firefighter helmet, it was a special order and had an emblem on the front that is unique, Leighton said.

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