Fire hydrant system thefts putting lives at risk in units

THIEVES could be putting lives at risk, with body corporates and apartment block residents being urged to remain vigilant after a spate of fire hydrant system thefts.

Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) and police have identified thefts from at least 38 sites across 12 suburbs, including Merrylands, since November last year.
The thefts have involved the removal of around 850 kilograms of copper and brass hydrant fittings for sale as scrap metal.
FRNSW is concerned the theft of essential fittings will hamper firefighting crews in the event of an emergency.
Commander of FRNSW’s Fire Safety Unit, Chief Superintendent Steve Hayes said the fire hydrants allowed firefighters to control the flow and pressure of water being pumped into a building’s fire suppressant system.
“Without those fittings the fire hydrant system may not be operational, which places residents in potential danger and delays firefighters in undertaking firefighting operations, so we’re urging all body corporates and apartment building residents to keep an eye out for suspicious behaviour,” he said.
“Residents are urged to contact their local Police Station or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 if they become aware of such crimes.”