Thermal Imaging For the Fire Instructor

The job of a fire instructor is often a thankless one, but most fire instructors I have met and worked with take this task seriously and dedicate an enormous amount of effort to provide the best training possible. Your thermal imager (TI) can help. The TI...


The job of a fire instructor is often a thankless one, but most fire instructors I have met and worked with take this task seriously and dedicate an enormous amount of effort to provide the best training possible. Your thermal imager (TI) can help. The TI can assist in the development and...


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Whether teaching TI skills or discussing fire behavior or ventilation tactics, the TI can go a long way toward clarity of understanding as it directly exposes the heat element to the visibility of the learner. Otherwise nebulous topics such as thermal layering or the heat absorption of a particular hose stream become tangible when you can directly see it. Adding thermal imaging to the instructor toolbox can definitely extend instructional capabilities and enhance student learning.

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.