FLIR Firefighting Application Stories

FLIR regularly publishes application stories where you can read how our customers are using FLIR infrared cameras and thermal imaging solutions.

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High temperature ranges in TICs: Common Pitfalls

Firefighters sometimes have to face extreme temperatures while on the job. Luckily, they can rely on thermal imaging cameras (TIC) to find victims faster or to seek their way out of a building in such circumstances. In an attempt to choose equipment with the best specifications, firefighters sometimes go for cameras that are able to display very high temperature ranges, up to +1,100°C (+2,000ºF), in a so-called third-gain mode. This is not a good idea. In fact, there are very good reasons why some thermal imaging cameras do not have a third gain mode, and only measure up to +650°C (+1,202ºF).

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Green Bay Metro Fire Department uses FLIR K-Series thermal imaging cameras to enhance safety

New technology opens up new possibilities. This is a truth that the Green Bay Metro Fire Department (Wisconsin, USA) knows all too well. The department has always kept an eye on how new technological developments can enhance the safety of its team members and victims during firefighting operations. In that respect, Green Bay Metro firefighters have recently upgraded their gear with thermal imaging cameras (TICs) from FLIR Systems.

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FLIR thermal imaging cameras help Mühldorf county fire departments deliver first-class firefighting services

Thermal imaging cameras (TIC) for firefighters used to be bulky, expensive and generally unreachable for small voluntary fire departments, of which the German state of Bavaria has so many. Fortunately, with the latest developments in thermal imaging technology, TICs like FLIR’s K50 camera, have become extremely attractive and affordable, even for small fire brigades. The fire department of the German city of Mühldorf has recently discovered the many benefits of FLIR’s firefighting camera.

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Thermal imaging helps Kalmthout fire department during wildlife fires and other interventions

Kalmthout is located about 20 kilometers north of Antwerp, Belgium. Although being a small village of approximately 20,000 inhabitants the local firefighters are well equipped.  Apart from their normal firefighting duties they also need to protect the natural reserve “Kalmthout Heat” against fire. Thermal imaging cameras are since long part of their equipment.

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Thermal imaging: easy to use and hard to live without

Clackamas Fire District #1 provides fire, rescue, and emergency medical services to five cities in the state of Oregon, USA. With17 fire stations strategically located throughout Clackamas County and a workforce of more than 200 employees & 100 volunteers, it’s the second largest fire protection district in the state, serving over 179,000 citizens in an area covering nearly 200 square miles.

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FLIR helps Beveren fire department locate hotspots and missing subjects more easily.

The appropriate firefighting equipment can be critical for a fireman, for his own survival on the one hand, and for saving the lives of others on the other hand. To ensure the safety of its crew and to deliver even better firefighting services, the firefighting department of Beveren, Belgium, recently invested in a FLIR K50 thermal imaging camera.

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Firefighting Technology Notes

Flexible Scene Enhancement (FSX™) Provides Clear Images in Critical Environments

Firefighters rely on technology to perform demanding tasks: locating people in a smoke filled room, finding their way through smoke and dark areas... Luckily, thermal imaging cameras can support them in these tasks. Thermal imaging cameras use the heat emitted from the environment to see through smoke, locate subjects or visualize hot spots. However, in cases where the scene temperatures have low contrast, it can still be hard and time-consuming to get a good picture of the situation. That’s where FLIR’s Flexible Scene Enhancement (FSX™) technology comes in.

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