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Owning a TI means having a deployment strategy in place. It doesn’t matter if you own one or 20; you must know who is responsible for that TI when entering a structure. Always know where your TI is stored, who’s taking it off the truck and what role the TI plays in fighting fires and then hold that person accountable. If the department has made the investment, it is up to you to provide the return on that investment.
No piece of technology can replace basic skills, nor is it meant to. You can navigate a burning structure without a thermal imager, but you can do it far more efficiently with one, and you can do it all safer. There is no excuse for a dead firefighter with a thermal imager in the charger. n