Firefighters vigilant following Fire Marshal warning
BATON ROUGE- Firefighter said Wednesday, they are vigilant after a warning from the State Fire Marshal about thieves stealing house connections on the side of buildings.
There has been a rash of thefts of the brass connections in Tangipahoa, Jefferson and Terrebonne parishes lately. So many so, the Hammond Fire Department carries extras on fire trucks since many have gone missing from the side of buildings in the city.
"We've kicked [inspections] up to make sure that anytime anyone goes, they put eyes on that fire department connection," Hammond Fire Chief John Thomas told WWL TV this week.
"It's kind of sad that people are going to go steal it," store manager Gregory Flathers told the TV station. WWL TV and WBRZ have a news-sharing partnership. Flathers said his store's hose connection went missing recently.
"It's obviously something that we need for our sprinkler systems and all that could pose a hazard."
Thieves can sell the brass component for scrap.
The State Fire Marshal is investigating.
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