The Seattle Fire Department recently received a federal grant to pay for 50 thermal imaging cameras, allowing the department to upgrade to smaller cameras and equip more units. Every fire vehicle is now equipped with the high-tech tool which help to save property and lives.
Thermal imaging cameras greatly improve the way a crew can fight fires and the department is now using this technology on almost every fire run. Firefighters are all to familiar with smoke-filled buildings, intense heat and no visibility, but thermal imaging cameras allow them to see through the smoke and identify hot spots.
Scott Gray, Seattle Fire Captain, said: “That will no doubt help save a life. It improves our visibility, you’ll be able to see the victim faster, get them out of that hazardous environment a lot faster.”