Thermal Imaging For the Incident Commander

The job of an incident commander (IC) can be a trying one. Coordinating a scene full of firefighters and apparatus and performing a multitude of tasks in a life-threatening situation can make most people consider doing something else. Add being...


The job of an incident commander (IC) can be a trying one. Coordinating a scene full of firefighters and apparatus and performing a multitude of tasks in a life-threatening situation can make most people consider doing something else. Add being responsible for the safety of all involved, and you may...


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TI deployment for the IC can add valuable information to decision making, as well as provide the IC with a cohesive operating picture of the scene. Theodore Roosevelt once said, "The best executive is one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it." Deploying the TI lets the IC be the best "executive," giving him or her the information needed to deploy firefighters where needed while keeping at an appropriate distance to assess the scene, helping to ensure we all go home at the end of the day.

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.