We've got some T3's and State Fire training does also.We've beat the snot out of these cameras and they just keep coming back for more.The MSA 5200 series and their newer cousin(5600?)are a nice camera as well. T.C.
We just went through the process of evaluating cameras. We reviewed the MSA 5600, Eagle 160, Bullard T3Max, Fire Flir (3M) and the Draeger 1600. We ordered the Draeger 1600. I am not recomending the Draeger camera, but I would suggest looking at it and all others that interest you.
We use GB Solo products, we currently have 2 solovisions in use and 2 s2's on order. We've found out of all cameras which we've treid and tested the solovisions give us what we need. Out guys can quite often find they need both hands in order to do there job and the solovisions can be strapt to there heads giving them the ability to have both hands free.
We've found that with such as the Bullard T3, T4 or any tic which is basically a box on a stick, when used in a smokey situation we have found it hard to see the screen as the surrounding atmosphere intercepts our view. Has anyone else had this problem?
I trust you have trained properly to overcome the tunnel vision and lack of peripheral vision that occurs with the Solo? I trust you have trained properly to overcome the inability to show the image to other firefighters and explain the situation?
Funny how you point out Bullard only and "box on a stick." Trying to create a problem where there is none? Hiding an ulterior motive?
Funny,a T3 doesn't have a "stick".Nor have I had any interference in fire operations using a T3,sling and go.Same with the MSA's.Hard to see the screen? Guess I must be missin' something. T.C.
my dept just purchased a Scott Eagle 160 and a Scott Egale X. Both very nice camera's
The K1000 is pretty neat.... tried it a couple of times. I would trade the bullard anytime.
Try them all and buy the best most solid camera for the money. Don't get caught up in a bunch of features you dont need. We ended up going with the Scott Eagle 160. Does everything we need and we were able to buy three cameras for the price of two of the competitors we demoed. Just my two cents. Cheers
I want to thank everyone for their input. Just like the original poster, we are also a small rural department, and I got us a grant for a TIC. There is lots of useful information here.
I have used a Thermal Imager before, but that was 1971, and it was built into an OV-1 aircraft. From 10,000 feet, I could tell if someone walking across the desert was male or female. The FLIR came with a tech rep. - A TIC will not.
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