Better Overhaul Techniques

To successfully use a TI in overhaul, you must know how all the options on your TI function, as well as how to make comparisons.


Overhaul is a mainstay of thermal imager (TI) usage. The TI, even in its earliest forms, helped firefighters identify hot spots or hidden fire. In fact, in the late 1990s, it was common to hear of fire departments that used their TIs almost exclusively for overhaul. While times have changed, and...


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Conclusion

Overhaul with a thermal imager can be a difficult task. By practicing regularly with your TI, and understanding all of the special features on your TI, you can make better decisions about when and where to overhaul. Common sense, of course, should always be at the forefront of your analysis. For more tips on evaluating scenes for overhaul, please visit the Technology section of Firehouse.com.


JONATHAN BASTIAN is a thermal imaging specialist for Bullard. He is certified as a thermal imaging instructor by the Law Enforcement Thermographers' Association (LETA). He is also the author of the FD Training Network "FireNotes" book, Thermal Imaging for the Fire Service. Bastian served 12 years on the North Park, IL, Fire Department, including the last three as a captain. 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 jonathan_bastian@bullard.com.