Thermal Imaging and Firefighter Safety: A Winning Combination

The day I began to write this column, 105 firefighters had been killed in the line of duty in 2007. There has never been more attention and resources directed toward the issue of firefighter safety as there were in 2007. Yet, the number of those killed is...


The day I began to write this column, 105 firefighters had been killed in the line of duty in 2007. There has never been more attention and resources directed toward the issue of firefighter safety as there were in 2007. Yet, the number of those killed is going up. Why is this? There are a...


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The issue of fire safety and fatality prevention is personal for me. You need to know where my heart is so that you understand what it is I fight for. One thing I have never been accused of is being dispassionate. If you have ever watched a comrade being lowered into a six-foot hole while his grieving wife clutches a folded flag, the honor guard salutes, the bagpiper retreats and the bell tolls for the last time…you understand where I am coming from. That's the thing about this family; one of us dies — 1.1 million of us grieve. It has to stop.

If you have a story of a close call where the thermal imager made a difference, I would like to hear about it. Please e-mail me at brad_harvey@bullard.com and tell me the story. I may use it in upcoming columns to illustrate a point or application. Sharing your story may help others in avoiding a story of their own.

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.