Fire Dept. calls thermal imagers a "vital asset" in rescue - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Fire Dept. calls thermal imagers a "vital asset" in rescue

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.
 
 

Copyright 2013 WALB.  All rights reserved.  

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Valdosta Fire Dept. welcomes 10 new recruits

    Valdosta Fire Dept. welcomes 10 new recruits

    Monday, June 25 2018 11:55 AM EDT2018-06-25 15:55:25 GMT
    VFD has 10 new recruits to add to the fire department team. (Source: Ashlyn Becton)VFD has 10 new recruits to add to the fire department team. (Source: Ashlyn Becton)
    VFD has 10 new recruits to add to the fire department team. (Source: Ashlyn Becton)VFD has 10 new recruits to add to the fire department team. (Source: Ashlyn Becton)

    The Valdosta Fire Department held a family and friends day Saturday welcoming 10 new recruits to the team.  The event allowed the community to come out and welcome the new firefighters and their families to the Valdosta Fire Department family.  

    More >>

    The Valdosta Fire Department held a family and friends day Saturday welcoming 10 new recruits to the team.  The event allowed the community to come out and welcome the new firefighters and their families to the Valdosta Fire Department family.  

    More >>
  • breaking

    Breaking: Four face new charges in elder exploitation case

    Breaking: Four face new charges in elder exploitation case

    Monday, June 25 2018 11:32 AM EDT2018-06-25 15:32:53 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    A new person has been charged in an elder exploitation case and three more are facing additional charges, according to the Dougherty County District Attorney.

    More >>

    A new person has been charged in an elder exploitation case and three more are facing additional charges, according to the Dougherty County District Attorney.

    More >>
  • Bainbridge council to consider allowing backyard chickens

    Bainbridge council to consider allowing backyard chickens

    Monday, June 25 2018 11:22 AM EDT2018-06-25 15:22:07 GMT
    With the increased interest in having backyard chickens in Bainbridge, Councilwoman Roslyn Palmer proposed a new ordinance to allow this. (Source: WALB)With the increased interest in having backyard chickens in Bainbridge, Councilwoman Roslyn Palmer proposed a new ordinance to allow this. (Source: WALB)

    With the increased interest in having backyard chickens in Bainbridge, Councilwoman Roslyn Palmer proposed a new ordinance to allow this.

    More >>

    With the increased interest in having backyard chickens in Bainbridge, Councilwoman Roslyn Palmer proposed a new ordinance to allow this.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly