The men and woman who risk their lives fighting fires have suffered a blow after "life-saving" equipment was stolen from multiple Rural Fire Service stations across the region.
In the Riverina Zone, the Bidgeemia, Marinna, Maxwell, Oberne and Yathella stations were targeted.
Detective Acting Inspector Phil Malligan said police are concerned after the spate of thefts in recent weeks.
"We all know what the Rural Fire Service are there to do," he said. "This is a real blight on society that these volunteers who are there fighting fires and putting their lives in danger are having the equipment stolen."
NSW RFS district manager Superintendent Patrick Westwood said there had been a number of cases of life-saving items stolen over the fire season.
"Items including chainsaws, radios, firefighting tools and even defibrillators have been taken," Superintendent Westwood said. "While brigades have been able to continue protecting their local community, these pieces of equipment are often vital in saving lives in remote rural areas.
"Our volunteers work very hard in their own time to keep our equipment in good order to help protect the community and these thefts have had a really big impact on them."
Superintendent Westwood said the members and their communities have a right to be upset about what is happening.
"The NSW RFS and NSW Police are working very closely on identifying who is behind these targeted break-ins," he said.
The Riverina isn't the only region being targeted, with the Border community on alert.
Superintendent Westwood said other stations include Bungowannah, Glenellen, Mulwala-Tarramia, Splitters Creek and Mullengandra, which was targeted again after vital equipment was replaced.
Inspector Malligan said anyone with information is encouraged to contact Wagga Police Station on 6922 2599 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
While you're with us, did you know that you can now receive updates straight to you inbox each day at 6am from the Daily Advertiser? To make sure you're up to date with all the Wagga news sign up here.