Florence Fire Department finally acquires thermal imaging camera

Thermal ImagingFlorence Fire Chief Mark Slater demonstrates the importance of the new thermal imagining camera the department has acquired. The purchase has been a long time in the making, according to Slater. ?The camera cost $9,300 and was paid for through donations from pancake feeds, memorial gifts, grants and personal contributions,? he said. Prior to having its own camera, Slater said the department would need to get help from area departments. ?Peabody, Marion, Hillsboro, Lincolnville?just about every department in the county had one,? he said. The advantage of having a camera of their own is that volunteer firefighters can locate hot spots inside a house without taking down every wall to find the source. It can also save lives by detecting images using infrared (thermal) light. As a way of thanking the Florence community for its generosity, Slater and other volunteer firefighters offered demonstrations June 7 at the station showing what the camera could do. ?The whole fire department owes a big thank-you to Doyle and Fairplay townships for also contributing to make this happen.?

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