The Queensland Ambulance Service at Nebo was targeted by thieves, who also set the building alight.
The Queensland Ambulance Service at Nebo was targeted by thieves, who also set the building alight. QPS

Nebo paramedics' quarters burgled and set on fire

A PARAMEDIC attending to a seriously ill patient in Nebo on New Years Day, returned to find the ambulance officers' relief quarters burgled and set alight.

Mackay Police said the Nebo ambulance officer and Nebo police officer had been called to help a seriously ill patient early Monday morning.

As they returned to the relief quarters, located in the station grounds at 38 Reynolds Street, the paramedic heard the smoke alarm ringing from inside the building.

They saw a smashed window and smoke coming from the building, police said.

The fire was extinguished and investigating officers found the unit had been broken into.

A 32 inch LG LED television had been removed from a wall bracket and stolen, along with a LG Blu-ray DVD player.

Mackay Police Sergeant Nigel Dalton said Tuesday morning it appeared those responsible had smashed a window to get inside the premises and, when they left, had set a curtain on fire.

"This has caused significant internal structural damage," he said.

"This crime will have a detrimental effect on the Queensland Ambulance Service in Nebo as there will no longer be facilities to monitor fatigue, nor will there be accommodation for the relieving paramedic who arrives on Thursday."



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