THIEVES stole two expensive chainsaws from a State Emergency Service truck near Mowbray Racecourse last night.
The rescue truck was at a call-out in Dover Street, Mowbray, in the former Dover Village precinct.
The theft occurred at 10pm.
SES Assistant Director George Cretu said volunteers were very disappointed with the theft.
"For someone to help themselves to vital equipment in the middle of a call-out affects the ability of our organisation to undertake its vital community role during emergency incidents," he said.
"The SES has no great reserve of gear so a loss like this has a big impact."
The chainsaws are both Stihl brand, an MS362, worth $1450, and the other an MS310, worth $1100.
Police are investigating the theft.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.