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Emergency responders in Moore, OK have been working around the clock to locate survivors and victims after Monday's EF-5 tornado hit the area. One tool that helps crews during the night is a thermal imaging camera. It detects body heat, allowing the operator to locate survivors and victims in the dark.

Rubin Jordan, the Assistant Fire Chief for the Albany Fire Department, says they have 12 of these cameras, one on each truck.

"Normally on a routine here we use them on structure fires and rescues," explains Jordan, "but basically it can be used for almost anything like our recent event that happened in Oklahoma, where you have collapsed structures, [and] where people are buried under rubble."

Jordan says first responders work as quickly as possible to recover as many people as they can within the first 24 hours, which would still allow these cameras to pick up body heat from those who did not survive.

Jordan says these cameras are essential in locating people in the dark, some of whom might be injured or cannot talk.  

"These victims have to be found and it's up to the first responders to do it, says Jordan. "and all the necessary equipment that we can have on scene, it will help us. These thermal imagers are a great asset that are in today's fire services."
 
Jordan says first responders work as quickly as possible to recover as many people as they can within the first 24 hours, which would still allow these cameras to pick up body heat from those who did not survive.
 
 

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