How Thermal Image Cameras Help Firefighters

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Scott Sight thermal imaging cameras are built into a firefighter's mask, leaving a firefighter's hands free to hold a hose or other equipment.
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Firefighters say disorienting smoke, not flames, are often their biggest enemy
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The monitor on the Scott Sight is small, but shows differences in heat to help firefighters find victims.
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John Beaune
The Carver Fire Department is testing three Scott Sight cameras, and they hope to get more.
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Firefighter Bill Garnett helps gear up for a training exercise.
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Firefighter Jim Stagnitta prepares to enter Carver’s “smoke room” for a training exercise.
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Firefighter Nina Logan ready with an axe during a live burn.
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Firefighters use dummies for search and rescue training.
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Firefighter John “The Kid” Rota as the axe man in a fire-response training drill.
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Traditional handheld thermal imaging cameras range in price from about 5,000 to $15,000.
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If a firefighter is holding a handheld thermal imaging camera, they cannot wield a hose, axe or other tools.
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The in-mask cameras are considerably less expensive than hand held thermal imagers. The screens are smaller with less clarity.
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