Firefighting

THERMAL IMAGING FOR THE FIRE SERVICE, PART 5: TACTICS FOR FIRE ATTACK

Issue 3 and Volume 150.

THERMAL IMAGING FOR THE FIRE SERVICE, PART 5: TACTICS FOR FIRE ATTACK BY STEVEN P. WOODWORTH What we have discussed so far–“The Basics of Thermal Imaging,” “The Electromagnetic Spectrum,” “Thermal Characteristics,” and “Interpreting the Image”–should be enough information to give you a basic understanding of what thermal imaging is and how it works. Yet, this information would be of no use if we could not apply it on the fireground. This article begins the discussions of how to apply this information to the tactical and strategic decisions that must be made on the fireground, fireground tactics, and how the information presented by a thermal imaging device can be used to increase safety on the fireground. Before the thermal imaging device can be of any use on the fireground, personnel must be adequately trained in its use. I do not believe that there is a fire department in the country that…

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