Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Rescue Equipment Stolen from Fire Truck

09-14-11 Rescue Equipment Stolen from Fire Truck

    Boise, Sept. 14, 2011 - Boise Police and Boise Firefighters are asking the public's help in finding the man responsible for stealing valuable and specialized rescue equipment from inside the cab of a Boise Fire Engine last night. Firefighters were responding to a medical emergency at a Boise bench apartment complex when the theft occurred.

    What Happened:Tuesday night, Sept. 13th at 9:40 p.m., Boise Firefighters on Engine 8 were responding to help a heart attack victim inside the complex on the 5700 blk. of Marvin Lane just northeast of W. Overland and S. Curtis Roads. Firefighters were away from the engine for about five minutes assisting the patient. When they returned, a large red backpack, identical to the one pictured, was missing from inside the cab of Engine 8. The engine was parked in the lot in front of the apartment complex at the time. 

    Suspect: A witness saw the theft and called police. Officers arrived moments later and searched the area but did not find the backpack or the suspect. The witness described the suspect as a man who appeared young, possibly in his early 20's, with no shirt on. The witness told officers the young man had reached into the fire engine, took the backpack which weighed about 45 pounds, and ran off toward the large apartment complex.

    Stolen Rescue Gear:The backpack, brand name LA Rescue, contained specialized rescue gear valued at approx. $1,500. The gear is used by members of the Boise Fire Department Technical Rescue Team and includes a rescue harness, a helmet with a headlamp, carabiners, blue rain jacket and black rain pants, white with brown striped gloves, safety goggles, elbow and knee pads, a radio chest pouch, a Leatherman Wave tool, and an air purifying respirator. Firefighters use the gear for high angle rescues and rappeling such as those off cliffs or high buildings.

    "Hollywood Walker":The gear that was stolen (not similar, but the same items) was used by the Boise Firefighter who helped make a spectacular rescue in the Spring of 2006. The firefighter was lowered from the roof of a BoDo hotel March 15, 2006 to rescue a construction worker stranded and dangling 11 stories above the ground. Because of media coverage of the rescue, firefighters nicknamed the team member "Hollywood". The name "Hollywood Walker" is inside the red backpack.

    Crime Stoppers:Anyone with information on who may be responsible for the theft is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS, or log onto www.343cops.com, or text CRIMES or 274637, subject: Tip236. A citizen can remain anonymous. A reward of up to $1,000 is offered by Crime Stoppers for information leading to the arrest of criminal suspects.