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Using Thermal Imaging in Volunteer Departments


I know of a volunteer fire department where an elderly lady walked into the fire station and asked the firefighters what they could use.

Rekindle vs. Due Diligence


In this column, I’m going to discuss rekindle and due diligence and what steps the fire department could have taken to prevent this lawsuit from happening.

Hoarding Search Tips: Knowing the Difference in Storage and Occupied


No matter what your staffing levels are firefighters need to adjust for the clutter and take into considerations when searching to give the occupant the best chance of survival.  

Thermal Imaging and Image Interpretation


We use thermal imaging cameras (TICs) to help us see where we are going, but what is it that we are really looking at? How are we interpreting the images we are seeing on the TIC?

Is the Container Half Full or Half Empty?

02/11/2019 Having the ability to see the content level of an enclosed container at a safe distance is critical to the safety of the firefighting crew.

Leaders Are Readers: Neptune’s Inferno


Technology helps make firefighters safe, but officers and chiefs must know how to use it and understand the information it's giving.

Infrared Energy and Solar Loading

12/14/2018 A review of the basics of thermal imaging technology and terms.

Emergency Responder Radio Coverage for New and Existing Buildings


Properly designed, installed, and maintained in-building emergency radio communication enhancement systems provide a cost-effective and reliable tool for firefighter communications during fire or other emergencies within our built environment. 

Stay Safe and Train Every Day

11/30/2018 Three-pass scans, preflashover situations, fire attack, overhaul, search and rescue, hazmat calls, motor vehicle incidents, and heat pattern identification are all areas where TICs are useful at incidents.

A False Sense of Security

09/01/2018 With all the latest technology in the fire service, the TIC may be the one tool that can cause firefighters to feel overconfident and make mistakes.

Change 4 Change


High school students can be engaged in safety efforts in a creative way that just might save a life one day.

In the News


Carl Nix examines how to use the thermal imaging camera to avoid coming back to the fire scene to extinguish a reignited fire.


Maintaining Your Thermal Imaging Camera

08/01/2018 Maintaining your camera will ensure it works properly when you need it.

Working Side By Side

05/17/2018 Fire departments often lend their TIC to help law enforcement in police situations.

Reality in Virtual Reality

05/10/2018 Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service is the first United Kingdom fire and rescue service to explore the potential of virtual reality technology; it recently created a ground-breaking 360-degree public safety film simulating a fatal road traffic collision.

Finding the Funds


Finding resources to help fund the purchase of TICs is an investment every fire department needs to make.

No Smoke? Time to Use the TIC


How to use the TIC for fires that you don’t see—no smoke showing.

We Are All Brothers and Sisters


Training Tips for the TIC.

Company Interoperability


Robert Policht looks at how communications, equipment, and training assist in effective company interoperability. 


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