Vandalism has fire chief boiling
THE Suffolk Park headquarters of the Byron Bay Rural Fire Brigade in Gaggin Park in Alcorn Street is again under attack from young vandals.
After a sustained 12-month attack on the building which ended 18 months ago, brigade captain Gregg Miller is disappointed to see it start up again.
Main targets for the vandals, said Mr Miller, were sensor lights, which had been replaced seven times in recent months, and the rear wall, which was covered in graffiti.
Last week, he said, a rock was thrown through a rear window.
Mr Miller believes the rock was aimed at a powerful spotlight protected behind a steel grille above the window.
That light, he said, was turned on every Friday and Saturday night to illuminate the park and a children’s play area behind the headquarters building.
Mr Miller believed young people were gathering in the park for drinking parties and the lights were interfering with their activities. He said bongs had been found outside the building in the past.
He said brigade members were “very disappointed” by the attacks.
“After the hard effort we put into fundraising to purchase equipment for the trucks, we have to spend it on repairing the damage to the station,” he said.
“We have told police and they said they would step up patrols.”
Mr Miller said a water tank installed behind the building six months ago had lasted only two days.
He said it was removed after beer bottles had been thrown into it.
The shadecloth protecting the nearby children’s play area behind the brigade headquarters has also been vandalised.
Mr Miller appealed to anyone seeing any suspicious activity near the building or in the park to report it to police.