The captain of a CFA unit west of Melbourne says his team is "devastated" after thieves made off with costly firefighting equipment over the weekend.
Police noticed the door of the Parwan office, south of Bacchus Marsh, was ajar during a patrol on Exford Rd at 6:15am.
A fire hydrant, breathing apparatus, cylinders, portable radios, torches, Navman GPS chainsaw with Stihl helmet and chaps and a Husqvarna ride-on mower were stolen.
Investigators believe the premises was targeted between 11pm Saturday and 6am Sunday.
"Everyone's totally upset, devastated really," Captain Graham Miles told Triple M's Hot Breakfast. "We get called to a house fire, we've got no [breathing apparatus] so we can't save anyone."
Hours later firefighters across the state were called to help battle several out of control blazes burning near Cobden, Terang, Garvoc, Camperdown and Gazette.
It's believed two other offices at Devon Meadows and Yarragon were targeted on Monday morning.