A Salt Lake County Fire rescue unit stolen from the Mill-creek Fire Station sometime early Wednesday is back in the hands of the county.

The $50,000 rig was found parked and mostly intact in the 2700 block of Blaine Avenue about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, Salt Lake County Fire Capt. Bill Brass said.Apparently, the vehicle was taken from the Millcreek Station, 2270 E. Evergreen (3385 South) between 11:30 p.m. Tuesday and 1:30 a.m. Wed-nes-day while fire-fighters and paramedics were sleeping.

This is the second time in the past year that a rescue unit has been stolen from this station, Brass said.

Police and firefighters aren't sure just how those who got into the station or got the vehicle - a red and white 1997 Ford Expedition emblazoned with the county fire department's logo - out of the station. The vehicle is valued at about $30,000, and the equipment inside, including firefighting gear and medical supplies, is worth another $20,000.

All county fire stations are locked and use an electronic key pad for entry, Brass said.

The keys were left in the vehicle, he said.