MEMBERS of the Culcairn SES unit have been frustrated by a spate of break-ins.
The training facility has been targeted about five times in the past two years, with the most recent incident on Tuesday night.
Deputy controller Kayleen Franke said a wire fence had been cut on each occasion in a bid to steal car parts.
Ironically, Ms Franke said the thieves would be welcome to take the items if they simply asked.
“They’re no good to us,” she said.
“The cars are donated to us by members of the public to practice on to keep our skills up to date.
“We’ve all got to be competent to get people out of the vehicles in car crashes.
“If someone wants something off the car they just have to come along on a Wednesday night when we’re there and ask us.
“We don’t care about the car parts.”
The unit is run by volunteers and while the government gives funding for equipment, the money does not cover the damage.
“We’ve got to go out and fund-raise to pay for it,” she said.
“It’s a financial impact for us to have the fences repaired.
“It’s $600 to fix the fence and we don’t have $600.
“We’ve spent probably $2000 or $3000 in the past few years that has come out of our own pocket.”
Ms Franke said there were usually 10 to 15 cars at the site.
“Our biggest worry is that someone is going to get in and get hurt and then blame us,” she said.
“It’s not like we’re precious about the wrecked cars.
“If they want the parts, we’ll give them to them.”
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