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01/18 09:16 FLIR Systems Teams With Scott Health and Safety <FLIR.O>

FLIR Systems Teams With Scott Health and Safety
PORTLAND, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 18, 2001--

The Two Organizations Combine Core Competencies To Accelerate

Technology And Market Share Growth In The Firefighting Industry

FLIR Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:"FLIR"), the world leader in infrared imaging systems, announced today that it has formed a strategic alliance with Scott Health and Safety, Inc. (Nasdaq:"SCTT"), a leading manufacturer of sophisticated, high-performance life saving equipment for firefighters, for the distribution of its FireFLIR(TM) thermal imaging system and the development of new thermal imaging products for the firefighting market.

Scott Health and Safety manufactures and markets a wide variety of life saving equipment for the firefighting, industrial and government markets, including self-contained breathing apparatus, gas detection instruments, thermal imaging systems and air-purifying respiratory equipment.

"We are bringing together two world class design, manufacturing and marketing organizations to better serve the firefighting market and increase market share," said John D. McStravick, Vice President and General Manager of Scott Health and Safety. "Scott and FLIR are dedicated to improving firefighter safety through thermal imaging and pledge to accelerate new product development."

FLIR will be responsible for new product research and development, as well as manufacturing. Scott Health and Safety's main responsibility will be in selling and distributing the new line of thermal imaging cameras.

"We're very excited about the growth potential of this strategic alliance between FLIR and Scott for the firefighting market," commented Earl R. Lewis, President and Chief Executive Officer of FLIR Systems. "It is an excellent example of how FLIR intends to partner with leading companies to better take advantage of new market opportunities for our advanced thermal imaging technology."

About FLIR Systems

FLIR Systems designs, manufactures and markets infrared imaging systems worldwide for a variety of applications. FLIR's imaging products are used in such diverse applications as public safety, defense, navigation and search and rescue. Commercial product applications include broadcast imaging, condition monitoring, non-destructive testing, research and development, and manufacturing process control. For more information, please visit our Web site at www.flir.com.

About Scott Health And Safety Scott Health and Safety, Inc., is a leading designer and manufacturer of sophisticated, high-performance respiratory protection systems, gas detection instruments and other life saving equipment for firefighting, industrial and government markets. This release contains statements, including statements regarding the Company's expectations as to the timing of new product introductions, that are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that are based on current expectations, estimates and projections about the Company's business based, in part, on assumptions made by management. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict. Therefore, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expressed or forecasted in such forward-looking statements due to numerous factors, including, but not limited to, the success of new product development, product demand, the impact of competitive products and pricing, capacity and supply constraints, actual purchases under agreements and other risks discussed from time to time in the Company's Securities and Exchange Commission fillings and reports. Such forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made and the Company does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this release. If the Company does update or correct one or more forward-looking statement, investors and others should not conclude that the Company will make additional updates or corrections with respect thereto or with respect to other forward-looking statements. --30--rr/se*