I often get asked, what do you think is the most important piece of technology in firefighting and firefighter safety, and actually I ask the same question in a college course that I teach.
While I have always said I thought the most important piece is the SCBA as it not only allows us to get in further, conduct our search and save lives and property, but also helps protect us from the carcinogens and toxic insult. Well this past week at FDIC, my opinion was changed, but I can still say what I have always said with one twist. Now I can say the SCBA with integrated heads up display.
Scott released a heads up mask integrated thermal imaging camera called “Scott Sight”. Now firefighters have a truly hands free 100% of the time solution to thermal imaging at a cost so affordable every firefighter on the rig can be equipped for the cost way less than that of one imager. This “Google Glass” like device will CHANGE the way we look at firefighter safety, SCBAs and Thermal Imaging.
I remember the early thermal imagers that were $25,000 each, weighed a ton, and in a lot of cases where not very practical for interior firefighting. I clearly remember not so long ago of TICs getting left in the chargers on the rigs. I still see firefighters and fire trucks without TICs.
NOW THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NOT EXCUSE TO HAVE THERMAL IMAGING CAMERAS DEPLOYED WITH MULTIPLE COMPANIES OR MEMBERS ON EVERY SINGLE FIREGROUND FOR A SAFE, EFFICIENT AND EFFECTIVE FIRE ATTACK AND SEARCH!
Thanks to Scott Safety for bringing science to the street with a new fire service Modern Marvel – mask integrated thermal imaging!
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