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Thermal imaging cameras have been in the fire service since the mid-1980s. The Fire Department of New York (FDNY) purchased them at that time for its rescue companies and haz mat unit. The '90s have seen the fire service develop a widespread interest in these cameras. This phenomenon can be attributed to several factors. The first is the growing awareness that these cameras can be extremely helpful in our daily firefighting duties. They can be used for multiple applications: in searching for possible victims and missing firefighters while fighting fires and for size-up, fire attack, and overhaul. They have also proven to be valuable in haz-mat operations.Moreover, these cameras are mo...

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