Lost and damaged gear totals $20,000 for Spokane firefighters


by KREM.com


Posted on December 10, 2013 at 5:53 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 11 at 2:33 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.--The 15 months before the 2014 New Year are shaping up to be the Spokane Fire Department's worst when it comes to equipment loss.
Between 2005 to 2012, the SFD had lost $2,000 worth of equipment. River rescue gear had been stolen during a training exercise. KREM 2 News requested a public disclosure request to find out that information.

In December of 2013 that number was up to $20,000.

Spokane fire typically has a great track record when it comes to maintaining and accounting for their property according to officials. However, in 2013 firefighters lost two thermal imaging cameras, some hoses and a couple of nozzles Officials defended the loss.

"Both of the cameras we lost were inside hostile fire environments," said Brian Schaeffer with the Spokane Fire Department.

The other $10,000 hit came during a massive fire on Mayfair. Hoses and other fighting tools were destroyed in fires.

"The people who were using these had to make a decision, whether to evacuate with their tools or equipment and get out alive. It was simply life over property," said Schaeffer.

Officials said they would eat the $20,000 loss any day over the grim alternative.

"It is the cost of saving people's lives," said Schaeffer.

Both cameras were replaced through a federal grant.