There has been a serious theft of lifesaving equipment in Alberta.

On Nov. 17, at 1:19 p.m., Lac La Biche RCMP responded to a report of a break and enter at the Fire Hall in Rich Lake.

Police attended and learned multiple items were stolen during a break and enter that occurred between November 14-17, 2020.

A number of unique tools were stolen from the property, which included Jaws of Life (Hydraulic Rescue Tools), pump and hoses to activate the tools, an AED, and a thermal imaging camera. The estimated cost of the items is $40,000.  

“These tools are essential in saving lives in emergency situations,” says Corporal Glenn Ellsworth, Lac La Biche RCMP. “We are asking the person(s) responsible for the break and enter to do the right thing and return these items to the Fire Hall so another life can be saved.”

Lac La Biche are asking anyone who may have been in the area of the Fire Hall between November 14-17 and seen anything suspicious to contact them at 780-404-2500. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.

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