In the third hit this year, Kings Plains Rural Fire Station has been robbed of vital equipment.
"Very, very disappointed with the fact that someone would stoop so low as to take equipment from volunteers. For them to be able to do their jobs, we need that equipment," Northern Tablelands acting District Officer Martin Mooney explained.
"Not only that - it's costing taxpayers money every time they do it."
The Kings Plains Rural Fire Station, located on the corner of Western Feeder and Kings Plains Roads, was broken into around 6am on Thursday morning.
It's the third time the station has been targeted in the space of 12 months.
Mr Mooney said the station had never recovered any of the equipment that was stolen in the last break and enter.
"We are going to be obviously on the lookout for any of this material that does turn up from time to time, but basically the equipment last time was replaced, and then now we've been hit it again," he fumed.
"There has been a security upgrade, and there will be further work done there too to upgrade the security on the site."
He said with spring approaching and the chance of high winter growth drying out, this absent gear could "be vital to our operations".
New England police are investigating the break-and-enter and have appealed for public information.
If anyone has any information or has been offered for sale items including portable pumps, radios, hoses, first aid kits, AED, chainsaws, or axes please contact Inverell police or Crimestoppers 1800 333 000.
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