ATLANTA - Firefighters in south Fulton County believe they're easy targets for thieves.
We first reported on their safety concerns six months ago.
“They can't put their vehicles in the bay. They can't secure them. They have to go on calls. They have to serve the public,” said Wayne Hines with the Fulton County Professional Firefighters’ Union. “And
they're just open, easy targets. There's more burglaries going on down there around those stations. Those fire fighters car have been broken into again. Nothing's changed ."
County firefighters first called Channel 2 Action News in November after thieves broke into 10 cars.
They were parked
outside Station 1 on Welcome All Road, Station 5 on Bethsaida Road, and Station 7 on Buffington Road.
Police said they forced locks and smashed windows. In one incident a pickup was stolen.
Last week, thieves struck Station 5 again.
According to a Fulton County police report, the firefighters were out on a call for three hours.
When they returned they found a large rock and shattered windows.
In November, Chief Larry Few told Channel 2 Action News he requested police do an immediate security assessment.
"If a combination of fencing and cameras are necessary we will do that," Few said.
On Friday, Few said over the phone, the assessment is complete. He said all existing lighting has been prepared. He expects all quotes to begin fencing work to be finalized by early next week.
He said he's working with the county to get this done.
Firefighters think they have waited long enough.
"They feel abandoned," Hines said.
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