New Thermal Imaging Camera For Chocowinity Vol. Fire Department

Thanks to the non-profit organization 500 For Life the Chocowinity Volunteer Fire Department has a $10,000 thermal imaging camera. The organization raises funds to purchase this type of equipment and then hands it over to fire departments in need. The new camera uses advanced heat-sensing technology, giving firefighters the opportunity to see into a blaze.

Studies show when thermal images are used the time required for a successful rescue drops 75%.

Now, Chocowinity Firefighters will be able to see through fire and smoke, locate victims faster, and minimize damage.


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  • by Firefighter Location: Washington on Dec 24, 2009 at 02:12 AM
    Going to a house fire and using this tool (thermal Imaging Camera) has a "high price." The amount of money for this "tool" when used to save a life PRICELESS. Great job CVFD, hope all other departments without a TIC pursue the purchase. Without a camera (TIC): 60 percent of the time, firefighters were unable to locate the victim. With a camera (TIC)99 percent of the time, firefighters were able to locate the victim. 100 percent of the time, firefighters found their way out of the burning house. The time required to satisfactorily complete a search dropped by 75 percent. Keep up the good work CVFD!
  • by John Location: Ayden on Dec 23, 2009 at 06:51 PM
    Let's hope this remains in use for positive purposes. Too often technology is used for less than noble purposes. They justify the purchase by citing life-saving applications. Later on, its just another way to gather evidence at whim by seeing through walls. Here comes my tax dollars, with another new toy to come arrest me.
  • by Firefighter Mom Location: Chocowinity on Dec 23, 2009 at 06:41 PM
    This is great for the CVFD. This dept. has a great group of trained, experienced, compassionate volunteers who spend countless hours away from their families when fire/rescue calls come in. We should all be very proud of our Firefighters/Rescue Technicians. Way to go CVFD!!!!
  • by retired fire officer Location: tbd on Dec 23, 2009 at 04:28 PM
    Remember it is only a tool, it is not a do all, requires training to get the best results, and you still have to go in and get the victims.
  • by jordan Location: Choco on Dec 23, 2009 at 03:02 PM
    Glad to see Choco getting nice equipment. Good for Choco. Hear lots of great stuff about your dept. Keep up to good work.
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