Wireless transmitters are an accessory or feature offered by nearly every thermal imaging manufacturer. While these transmitters vary widely from manufacturer to manufacturer with performance, features, number of channels, size, weight, transmitted distance and price, many fire departments...
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Check with your imager manufacturer and see what is available. Remember that you are not limited by the number of receivers on any given scene. You are simply limited by the number of transmitters. If you were to equip two companies with transmitters, you could position receivers with the IC, SO, RIT, rehab or anywhere you desire. Some cities are working now to receive and re-transmit wireless thermal imagery so that it can be viewed at a remote command post.
Wireless transmission can provide valuable information to those that could use it on any given incident scene. Proper implementation takes a little bit of thought, planning and practice, but the ability to widely and instantly disseminate interior information at a rapidly changing fire scene can be well worth the investment.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.