FLIR Thermal Imaging for Fighting Fires

Thermal imaging cameras for firefighters used to be large, high-priced and generally out of reach for smaller or voluntary fire departments. However, in the past few years improved manufacturing methods and greater demand for Thermal Cameras has significantly reduced the cost of owning a Thermal Camera, bringing the price to a point where these useful tools can be purchased by fire departments all over the world.

The fire department of the German town of Mühldorf has recently discovered the various advantages of owning a FLIR thermal camera.

The Mühldorf fire department takes the protection and security of the 107,800 citizens they are responsible for very seriously.

“Until recently, small firefighting groups like ours could not afford a thermal imaging camera,” comments District fire Inspector Harald Lechertshuber. “However, today’s thermal imaging cameras are much more more cost-effective. Also… we have decided to invest in new thermal camera technology. With a price level like this, a thermal imaging camera has become reasonable for any community fire brigade.”

FLIR cameras have several different imaging modes that facilitate speed up tactical choices and the hunt for survivors.

Different Uses of the FLIR Camera

Using a thermal imaging camera is a really efficient means for firefighters to look for wounded or missing persons in places wherever the view is obstructed, for instance in small or closed areas or, more often, when they need to see through smoke.

“A thermal imaging camera like the FLIR K50 can help us save lives,” says Harald Lechertshuber. “Only last week, we had to move out for an intervention and look at a car wreck as a result of a traffic incident. Looking at the car wreck, we were not sure whether there were one or two people inside. After being able to free one person from the wreck, we used the thermal camera and quickly discovered a second person.”

The Mühldorf county fire department additionally uses their FLIR Thermal Imaging Camera to look for fires that aren't instantly visible for the human eye. Typically once a fire team is inbound at the scene; it may be tough to ascertain how and where the fire has developed.

“For example in row houses, you cannot always see from the outside in which building the fire is present,” says Harald Lechertshuber. “With the FLIR camera we can see from the outside which places are hot and cold and have a perfect overview of the situation.”

Once a fire has been extinguished, a thermal imager will help assess the situation and allow firefighters to look for looming fire remains or for inadequately extinguished fires.

“A FLIR Thermal Imaging Camera should not be too complex, certainly not in the stressful situations we sometimes work in. In fact, the operation of the FLIR camera is much easier and less complicated than I have seen from any other camera out there within the market.” continued Harald Lechertshuber.

“The total package of the camera is simply right for a fire department like ours. I’d not change a thing about it. Even in highly elevated temperatures of quite 250°C, the camera keeps on operating perfectly. We currently make use of twelve thermal imaging cameras from FLIR in our county.”

A Firefighter Using the FLIR

The massive range of uses for FLIR Thermal cameras is unbelievable. Due to their ability to work day and night, and to see through rain, smoke and fog, FLIR cameras have been used for Security, Red Squirrel Conservation, Livestock management, Hunting and dozens of home uses.

To find out more about FLIRs systems, see the range of Thermal Cameras click here, or call 01949 836 990 Monday - Friday, 8:30 - 5:00 to discuss FLIR Thermal Cameras with our technical staff. We can answer any question you may have about the FLIR range. Call now to take advantage of our market leading prices on the latest ranges.



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Joe Marshall