SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WWLP) – New thermal imaging cameras were purchased for the firetrucks at the Springfield Fire Department.
Mayor Domenic Sarno and Commissioner BJ Calvi displayed eight new thermal imaging cameras to be put into the Department’s fourteen trucks on Thursday.
The eight FLIR-K33 cameras cost a total of $28,440 and were purchased by the Springfield Fire Department according to spokesperson Dennis Leger.
The cameras are glove friendly and show a high-resolution image on a 4″ LCD screen to help firefighters see more in smoky conditions.
Mayor Domenic Sarno and Springfield Fire Commissioner BJ Calvi displayed eight new thermal imaging cameras Thursday. Added to the six already in use, now every Springfield fire truck will be equipped with one of these life-saving devices.
At a cost of $3,500 each, Calvi said these are vastly superior to the first thermal imagers of fifteen years ago. These new cameras allow firefighters to locate a victim by their footprints in buildings filled with smoke.
“Before thermal imaging cameras, we would have to go in and crawl around blindly and in certain fires, you wouldn’t be able to see your hand touching your face mask,” said Commissioner Calvi.
Mayor Sarno was impressed by the thermal imaging camera’s increased capability to more quickly discover the origin of a fire and help increase the speed of finding and rescuing potential victims.
“You can use them in pitch black smoke cover situations, you will be able to find the firefighter will able to see and save those individual’s lives,” said Mayor Sarno.
Coming to the rescue more quickly, now a reality as the result of the state of the art thermal imaging in the hands of every firefighting crew in Springfield.