The NS Fire Department receives hundreds of donation offers after tire theft

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The deputy chief of a Nova Scotia fire department was in disbelief this week after discovering that four tires had been stolen from an emergency vehicle parked outside the station.

But after receiving hundreds of messages from people wanting to help, the one thing Jason MacIntyre can’t believe now is the generosity of strangers on the internet.

“You know, first thing in the morning, your faith in humanity is completely destroyed. And at the end of the day, it’s renewed,” MacIntyre said Thursday, a day after the tires of an SUV went missing. at the East River Valley volunteer. firefighters.

He posted photos of the vehicle being hoisted onto cement blocks on the fire department’s Facebook page and was shocked to see the support pouring in.

“It completely exploded. From there it went everywhere,” he said. “I literally started getting Facebook messages from people I didn’t know within 10 minutes.”

He said more than 200 people have contacted him – some local and some even from around the world – offering to make donations to cover the cost of new tires and rims.

“I get a message from a guy saying, ‘Hey Jason, you don’t know me… I’m sending you such a message from New Zealand,'” MacIntyre said. “He wanted to donate $100 Canadian.”

Local businesses stepped in, including Andy’s Tire Shop. She donated four new tires and agreed to put them on for free. Others helped donate the rims and locking lug nuts, which require a key to remove.

“It’s something that makes you feel pretty good,” said Tire Shop President Andrew Pye.

Pye and his team said they hope to have the fire department SUV back on the road within days.

“It’s unfortunate that this situation happened in the first place, but really, the whole community has come together here. And now the fire department is going to be up and running again here in a few days just thanks to donations from the community,” Pye said. .

The people also donated two security cameras for the department, hoping to prevent a similar theft from happening in the future.

MacIntyre said all the messages and donations received by the department have renewed her faith in humanity. He’s asking anyone who still wants to help to donate to a hospital’s burn unit.

“For every bad person, there are hundreds who aren’t. And yesterday, as bad as it started, I’m not even mad about it anymore,” he said. “It completely changed my attitude towards everything.”

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