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Thermal imaging masks expected to be ‘game changers’ for Huntington firefighters


IMAGING CAMERAS. AS NEWSCHANNEL 15’S SARA SCHAEFER EXPLAINS, THE CHIEF CALLS THE NEW TECHNOLOGY REVOLUTIONARY. “THE DEPARTMENT GOT 15 OF THESE NEW MASKS. OUTSIDE IS WHERE THE CAMERA IS THEN WHEN YOU TURN IT OVER, INSIDE THEY CAN SEE WHAT THEY’RE LOOKING AT.” THIS IS WHAT THE DISPLAY LOOKS LIKE. THE NEW THERMAL IMAGING MASKS THE HUNTINGTON FIRE FIGHTERS ARE WEARING ARE UNLIKE ANYTHING THEY’VE EVER HAD. 46:22:05 YOU LOOK AT IT AND IT’S JUST LIKE HALF AND INCH BY HALF AN INCH EXCEPT IT’S RIGHT BY YOUR EYE SO YOU CAN SEE WELL ENOUGH TO DO WHAT YOU NEED TO DO WITH IT.” THE CAMERAS ALLOW THEM TO SEE BY HEAT, RATHER THAN LIGHT. THE COLDEST AREAS ARE BLACK, THEN AS THEY GET HOT IT TURNS WHITE, THE HOTTEST AREAS ARE RED. IT ALLOWS FIREFIGHTERS TO ACTUALLY BE ABLE TO SEE WHAT’S GOING ON. 45:49:26YOU CANT SEE ANYTHING IN A FIRE ITS TOTALLY DIFFERENT THAN WHAT YOU SEE IN A MOVIE” THEY’VE TRIED SOMETHING LIKE THIS BEFORE BUT IT WASN’T AS EASY AS THESE. AND THEY’RE ALREADY SEEING THE BENEFITS. 45:12:08 OH ITS GOING TO BE REVOLUTIONARY. WE HAD A FIRE JUST RECENTLY WHERE WE WERE ABLE TO USE THEM AND THE FIREFIGHTERRS WE ABLE TO GO INTO A ROOM AND SEE WHERE THE FIRE IS AND JUST GO STRAIGHT TO IT AND PUT IT OUT. IT JUST MADE IT SO MUCH EASIER.” IF THERE’S A PERSON THEY CAN SEE THEM IMMEDIATELY INSTEAD OF HAVING TO FEEL AROUND. THE CHIEF CALLS THESE THINGS GAME CHANGERS, AND THEY’RE ONLY ONE OF A FEW DEPARTMENTS IN INDIANA TO HAVE THEM. THEY ALSO HAVE A NEW TOP OF LINE TRUCK. STEPPING UP THEIR TECHNOLOGY TO BE MORE EFFECTIVE AT SAVING LIVES. 52:12:12IT’S PRETTY EXCITING THAT WERE KIND OF THE CUTTING EDGE OF THE TECHNOLOGY.” 52:25:09 I AM ALWAYS A LITTLE LEERY TO START JUMP IN WITH SOMETHING NEW LIKE THIS BUT I WAS REALLY JUST VERY IMPRESSED WITH WHAT THESE WILL BE WILLING TO DO FOR THE FIREFIGHTERS.” THE PLAN IS TO TRY THE MASKS FOR A LITTLE BIT LONGER THEN IF THEY CONTINUE TO LIKE THE MASKS, THEY COULD GET MORE SO THAT EVERYFIGHTER HAS ONE. REPORTING IN HUNTITINGTON SS NC 15. FORT WAYNE’S PARKS DEPARTMENT IS

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