Tyco donates thermal imaging cameras to Boca firefighters
By Stephanie Slater

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Saturday, March 19, 2005

BOCA RATON — City firefighters boosted their ability to search for hot spots in structure fires on Friday with the acquisition of two high-tech thermal imaging cameras.

The devices were a $17,000 gift from Tyco Fire & Security, which recently signed a 10-year lease to keep its headquarters on Town Center Road in Boca Raton.

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The fire department will now have eight thermal imaging cameras — one for each fire station in the city.

"All firefighters and first responders should have the latest technology to help them serve the pubic," said Ron Krisanda, president of Tyco Safety Products.

Boca Raton Fire-Rescue is the first in the county to have the newly-released Scott Eagle X. The 2 1/2 -pound camera detects body heat, allowing firefighters to see through smoke in their search for victims, said fire-rescue spokesman Frank Correggio. The device also detects footprints in carpet or handprints on a wall.

"If we go into a house and smell smoke but don't see it, we can put the camera to the wall and identify the source of the fire," Correggio said. "Years ago, we would have had to break apart the entire wall. Now we can get in and out quickly... with less stress to our citizens."