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Firefighters test heat cameras

December 16, 2004

Albany -- New heat cameras will help firefighters rescue you. The cameras allow firefighters to find people even through thick smoke.

 The Albany fire department has one heat camera now, but each of the 11 stations around the county will get them as well. Deputy Chief James Carswell said "To have one in every neighborhood, then that camera can be first on the scene, and better utilized in a search and rescue environment." And that means saving lives? "Most definitely. Not only our citizens, but potentially our own."

Thursday firefighters tested two brands of cameras in a smoke filled room, to see which one they like best. The cameras cost between 11 and 12 thousand dollars each.

 Firefighters will test two brands of cameras for the next week in a number of settings, then they will decide which brand the county will buy.

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