Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue relies on the equipment to provide care to patients on-scene.

FILE - Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue vehicles like this one are a common sight in much of Washington County and parts of three neighboring counties. One of them in Tigard was carrying medical kits stolen by an unknown suspect Friday evening, according to the fire agency.On Friday evening, Nov. 24, medical equipment was stolen from a Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue vehicle in Tigard, the fire agency reported.

A TVF&R vehicle in a parking lot along Highway 99W was carrying medical kits that were taken in the theft, according to the agency. That equipment is used by TVF&R firefighter paramedics to render aid to people at the scene of emergencies.

"We are dismayed by these selfish actions and hope the community can help us find the person or persons responsible," said TVF&R Battalion Chief Chris Dawson in a statement late Friday announcing the theft.

Items reported stolen include a cardiac heart monitor, an airway kit and an intravenous fluids kit, among other medical equipment.

Although best known for its fire response — it is the principal fire agency for most of Washington County, as well as parts of Clackamas, Multnomah and Yamhill counties — TVF&R also plays a major role in medical response. The agency recently piloted a program equipping even its qualified off-duty personnel with automated external defibrillators and alerting them to nearby reports of cardiac arrest.

TVF&R responds to more than 36,000 medical calls every year, according to the agency.

Anyone with information about the theft is asked to contact the Tigard Police Department at 503-629-0111.

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