Vandals target fire stations and firefighters personal vehicles

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - Some Lincoln firefighters said they've become a target for vandalism and theft. According to the Lincoln Police Department there have been six incidents since 2015, but firefighters said it's possible not all incidents are recorded.

Jason Relford has been a firefighter for five years and currently works at Station 8 near S. 17th and Vandorn St. He said his car was vandalized on Tuesday.

"I can't understand why, you know, something like that would be happening, there's really no rhyme or reason to any of it," Relford said.

He said he was at the end of his 24 hour shift when he went outside and noticed his captain's car had rocks thrown at it.

"The windshield was busted out, the hood's got a bunch of dents and scratches on it and then all along the drivers side, it almost looks like they stood there with a rock and repeatedly hit it in different places," Relford said.

This isn't the only incident that's happened at Station 8. Less than a month ago someone threw rocks at three of the building's windows.
LPD said the damage is estimated at around $3,000.

Ron Trouba is the President of the Lincoln Firefighter's Association and said he's asking for increased safety measures at fire stations.

"Increase the lighting that's outside, some security cameras, fenced parking as we work on the design for the new stations. That's one of the things we've asked the city to consider," Trouba said.

Relford said his car will be in the shop for a few weeks and expects the damage to cost more than $6,000.

"[I'm] frustrated and disappointed, you know we work hard for the things that we have and people forget that when we leave the station we're still people. We've got bills to pay, we've got families to take care of," Trouba said.