Fire training doll stolen

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The last time fire Chief Bryan Rick--man saw Rescue Randy, he was fine. But when firefighter Dane Leck needed the 6-foot-1, 155-pound mannequin for a training exercise Monday afternoon, he was gone.

"No one had seen or touched Randy in about a week," said Rickman, chief of the West Routt Fire Protection District. "We were all asking, 'Where's Randy?'"

Anyone who knows the whereabouts of fire training mannequin Rescue Randy should call the Sheriff's Office at 870-5504.

Rickman said Rescue Randy probably was stolen within the past week from the district's training facility on Routt County Road 53 in Hayden. Rickman said the building was secured and that there was no sign of forced entry.

Routt County Sheriff John Warner said nothing else was taken in the heist, and that his office was investigating but had no suspects.

"I tend to think it was probably kids, but you never know," Rickman said.

Rescue Randy is used regularly for training, Rickman said. Most recently, Leck was using it to train for a worldwide competition in Florida called the Firefighter Combat Challenge.

"It's unfortunate because (Leck) is going to have to go without the mannequin for several weeks now until we get a new one," Rickman said.

Leck used Randy as part of a drill that requires firefighters to drag the doll about 75 feet, which is no easy feat, Rickman said.

"(Randy) isn't something you just pick up and walk away with," he said.

Rickman said the department used Randy for routine fire training and other special training exercises.

"This is going to hamper our training abilities until we can get a new one," he said.

Rescue Randy had been part of the district for four or five years and was insured, Rickman said.

Rickman said he didn't think Randy was misplaced and that he or Leck would have known if another firefighter were using the mannequin.

Randy's disappearance marked the second time in six months that the district's training facility was the target of crime.

In June, someone set fire to the training facility's office building, destroying the building and several couches and chairs outside.

The Sheriff's Office is investigating that incident, as well, Rickman said.

-- To reach Alexis DeLaCruz, call 871-4234

or e-mail adelacruz@steamboatpilot.com

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