Non-Traditional Uses for Thermal Imagers

After spending two months talking about the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standard, let's take a look at the lighter side of fire service thermography. Aggressive companies use thermal imagers (TIs) in every phase of a fire, from size-up...


After spending two months talking about the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standard, let's take a look at the lighter side of fire service thermography. Aggressive companies use thermal imagers (TIs) in every phase of a fire, from size-up to overhaul. But for most fire companies, the...


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Conclusion

This list is by no means "complete"; however, the uses are creative and meant to stimulate thought. While firefighters often think of a TI as a "firefighting tool," it clearly has potential applications at a number of emergency incidents. Anytime your eyes are not giving you all of the information you want, or giving the information as rapidly as needed, the TI may assist to make your efforts more successful and less time consuming.

The only way to experience these successes is to practice frequently with the TI and to try using it at almost every incident. It may not always help, but if it does, you will be glad you tried.

BRAD HARVEY is the Thermal Imaging Product Manager at Bullard. He is a veteran of public safety as a firefighter, police officer and paramedic and is certified through the Law Enforcement Thermographers' Association (LETA) as a thermal imaging instructor. Harvey has worked as a high-angle rescue instructor and is a certified rescue technician and fire instructor. If you have questions about thermal imaging, you may e-mail him at brad_harvey@bullard.com.