Funding Your Thermal Imager - Part 2

In last month's column, we discussed the funding of a thermal imaging program via budgetary set-asides. While this is often the best way to fund your program, it certainly fails to consider the fact that 70% of the fire departments in the U.S. are...


In last month's column, we discussed the funding of a thermal imaging program via budgetary set-asides. While this is often the best way to fund your program, it certainly fails to consider the fact that 70% of the fire departments in the U.S. are completely volunteer. Budgets for these...


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Another solution is offered by FFIC. The company produced a documentary, "Into The Fire." The movie has been aired several times on the History Channel and is a great look at the inside of the U.S. fire service. The best part is that FFIC offers several ways for you to make money using their movie. One option is to buy DVDs directly from FFIC and sell them at a premium, but the best option may be to hold a screening at any public venue and accept donations, charge an admission, and sell refreshments or copies of the DVD. Any funds generated are yours to keep and spend on your thermal imaging program. FFIC has developed a screening guide based on the Incident Command System that will ensure a successful event. You can contact the company at heritage@ffic.com.

Buying thermal imagers is an investment in firefighter safety. A thermal imager removes the blindfold put in place by thick smoke and restores sight to the firefighter on a mission to save a life. Whether pursuing budgetary set asides, grants or fund-raising options, you can rest assured that the return will be well worth the investment. After all, what is the value of just one life saved?

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.