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Aerial Thermal Imaging Aids Fireground Strategy

BY STEVEN SKINNERTimes are tough, and today’s economic climate is forcing the fire service to achieve more with less than ever before. Through interagency cooperation, Tampa (FL) Fire Rescue (TFR) is accomplishing that goal. Using available technology, TFR has enhanced its operational safety and effectiveness at minimal additional cost to its citizens.Working closely with the Tampa Police Department, TFR has incorporated airborne forward-looking infrared (FLIR) imaging technology into its on-scene operations. Originally developed for the military, a FLIR image enables the user to see the amount of thermal energy (heat) an object emits.Heat in the infrared region of the electromagnet...

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