Firefighters in the small southern Vermont community of East Dover returned from battling an early morning blaze on Tuesday to find one of their fire tucks had been stolen.

A medium duty rescue truck designated East Dover Rescue 4 was parked at the firehouse. The firefighters took other apparatus to nearby Williamsville at 3 a.m. to battle a fire there. They returned at about 5:30, and the truck was gone.

The truck was build in 2005. It’s pretty conspicuous. It’s red with emergency lights and the words “East Dover Fire Rescue” in big letters on the sides.

Theft from firehouses is a particularly despicable but all too common crime. Perhaps nearly as valuable as the truck are the medical supplies and expensive rescue tools located within.

If you see the truck or have any information, please contact Southwestern New Hampshire Fire District Mutual Aid at 866-352-1291 or the Dover, Vt. police department at 802-464-2020.

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John Guilfoil is the editor-in-chief of Blast: Boston's Online Magazine and the Blast Magazine Network. He can be reached at [email protected]. Tweet @johnguilfoil.

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