Theft From Firefighting Helicopter Leaves City Red Faced

Essential equipment needed to fight the raging fires currently still blazing through Nelson Mandela Bay, has been stolen from the helicopters provided by Gift of the Givers.

Mayor, Retief Odendaal, said that it is with sincere regret that the NPO has informed him this morning that one of the helicopters had been broken into last night, December 2.

This specific helicopter has been assisting to fight the fires over the last week.

Odendaal said that unfortunately, critical firefighting equipment has been removed from the helicopter.

“Although this may just have been an opportunity theft, considering the specific nature of the equipment stolen, there are suspicions that the culprit(s) may have wanted to hamper our firefighting abilities,” he said.

The equipment that was stolen is known as a Sacksafoam Control Unit. Here is a brief description of its function: “The Sacksafoam is a foam injection system for the transfer and dispensing of aerial firefighting foam, designed to be operated with the world-renowned Bambi BucketĀ®.”

Read the full story at News 24.com

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