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"Jaws Of Life" stolen from California fire department

Posted at 9:41 PM, Nov 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-15 23:41:40-05

(KCRA/NBC News) California police are searching for tens of thousands of dollars worth of life saving equipment stolen from a Stanislaus County firehouse.

It happened Wednesday night at the Mountain View Fire Protection District on Crows Landing.

"I received a phone call from my assistant chief that we had been broken into," said Fire Chief Carlos Melo.

More than $40,000 in firefighting equipment and rescue tools were taken.

"This is the compartment where we had our extrication tools," said Melo, pointing to the empty shelves on the fire engine. "We had our cutters and our spreaders and our ram here, and a portable unit itself that charges those units was here."

Those extrication tools, including one used to cut open vehicles and free people from a mangled mess, commonly known as the "jaws of life," are worth about $35,000.

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