A 47-year-old Port Hope man was arrested after he allegedly committed a breaking and entering at the Green Township Fire Hall. The man forcibly entered the station and tried to start a fire engine, before moving on to connecting a rescue boat to the ambulance and crashing it through the bay door and leaving the scene with the emergency vehicle. The man and the vehicle were located early Thursday morning in Alcona County and the suspect was taken into custody.
Green Township Fire Chief Tom Kane said there is a significant amount of damage to the fire hall and to the ambulance as well.
"He drove the rig right through the big bay doors and we don't know exactly the full extent of the damage or how much it may cost to repair," Kane said. "It demolished the entire garage door, the runners and everything. The vehicle had all of the lights on top of it ripped off and it won't start right now. We are going to have it looked at."
Kane said to compensate for the loss of the ambulance the departments EMTs have each had a ration of first aid materials allotted them to keep on their personal vehicles which they will use to respond to emergencies with. He said he has already been in contact with mutual aid partners who will assist on any call to Green Township in which they are needed.
Kane said before the suspect started the amublance he opened a different garage door and made an attempt to start one of the fire trucks. When he was unable to start the truck he directed his attention to the ambulance and the air-boat.
Troopers were assisted by the Alpena County Sheriff Department, Alcona County Sheriff Department, Huron Undercover Narcotics Team, and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement.