FLIR employees are encouraged to use eight hours of paid time off to volunteer in social, charitable, and environmental activities during regular work hours. Volunteering fosters community engagement and aligns employees with the FLIR Hero areas of focus: Planet (Environmental Stewardship), Purpose (Veteran Support), and Potential (STEM Education). Over the past two years, one third of all employees participated in our annual FLIR Runs Wild 5K, with donations funding awareness and action against illegal wildlife trade.
To maximize the impact of financial support of communities and causes that are meaningful to our FLIR family, the company matches employee giving, dollar for dollar, up to $1,000. In 2020, FLIR employees around the world gave nearly $400,000 to non-profits and community efforts through matched donations, campaign fundraisers, and our annual FLIR Runs Wild 5K, which collects donations for conservation efforts with our corporate partner, World Wildlife Fund. The return not only helps strengthen and positively impact the communities in which we work and live but also produces a measurable impact to better the world around us.
Disaster Relief Campaigns and Support
Catastrophic acts of nature—hurricanes, tsunamis, earthquakes, wildfires, and other disasters—have profound impacts around the world. FLIR technology helps professionals make informed decisions that save lives, protect livelihoods, and benefit the environment. It is our obligation to aid those in need whenever possible. Learn more, below, about how FLIR supported first responders and their communities.
- When Australian volunteer fire departments were discharged to combat the raging forest fires in early 2020, it became apparent they were under-equipped with fire-fighting technology. In response, FLIR donated 100 FLIR K1 situational awareness thermal cameras to 80 volunteer departments across Australia. These cameras help responders navigate through thick smoke in unfamiliar surroundings, determine the center of fire activity, locate victims and other firefighters, and spot potential hazards not seen by the naked eye. Learn more.
- After a spate of tornadoes struck Alabama in March of 2019, rescue crews used heat-seeking drones to determine whether anyone remained beneath the ruins and to reassure searchers that they hadn't overlooked anyone caught in the wreckage. Read here.
- In September 2020, as a series of wildfires burned throughout Oregon; at times, smoke filled the Portland area around the FLIR headquarters. The FLIR Pilatus PC12, equipped with a FLIR Star SAFIRE 380-HDc airborne surveillance system, flew over the fires to provide first responders and Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) live-stream footage, helping them track the locations of firefighters on the ground and safely guide airplanes that were flying in to drop retardant on the fire. See more.