Seeing to the safety of fire victims
March 6, 2012
A federal grant will help the San Luis Obispo Fire Department locate and rescue fire victims more quickly with new thermal imaging equipment.
The $49,000 Department of Homeland Security grant was announced by Congresswoman Lois Capps (D-23rd District), who said the money “couldn’t have come at a better time.”
Thermal imaging cameras, according to Wikipedia, are capable of detecting infrared radiation and producing visual images, making possible the viewing of an environment without visible illumination.
San Luis Obispo City Fire Chief Charlie Hines said the department’s current equipment is badly outdated, and repairs are becoming more expensive.
“We had little hope of replacing that equipment,” said Hines.
Grants from DHS can be used for a wide variety of purposes, including the purchase of equipment, firefighter health and safety programs, and enhanced emergency medical services programs, according to Capps.