Thermal Imaging Training: Size-Up

It has been nearly two years since this column examined the foundation of any successful incident: good size-up. The thermal imager (TI) is frequently purchased with the promise of saving lives, since it allows firefighters to "see" through the smoke...


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To read a few "real-life" examples of how a TI helped with an incident size-up, visit the Technology section of Firehouse.com.


Jonathan Bastian is a thermal imaging training consultant for Bullard. He is certified as a thermal imaging instructor by the Law Enforcement Thermographers' Association (LETA), the international public safety organization specializing in thermal imager certification and training. He is also the author of the Fire Department Training Network "FireNotes" book, Thermal Imaging for the Fire Service. He is a member of the NFPA Technical Committee on Fire Service Training. Educated at Brown University and licensed as a high school teacher in Illinois, Bastian served 12 years on the North Park, IL, Fire Department, including the last three as a captain. As health and safety officer, he led the development and implementation of the department's rapid intervention team SOG. Bastian is a certified Fire Instructor I and Firefighter III, and he spent 12 years as an EMT-I/D. He has taught classes on thermal imaging, rapid intervention teams, and search and rescue operations. He is currently a public safety official in Central Kentucky. If you have questions about thermal imaging, please send them to info@bullard.com.