On November 16th 2016, the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation gave more than $350,000 in life-saving equipment to the Northeast Florida community. Of the more than $350,000, nearly $20,000 worth of handheld thermal image camera equipment went to the Orange Park Fire Department. . Firefighters use thermal image cameras or (TIC) to see through smoke, find people and localize hotspots of fires.
The Orange Park Fire Department is the first department in Northeast Florida to have a thermal imager in every seated position on the all apparatus. The Orange Park Fire Department will not be the only department to benefit from the generosity of this grant. Two thermal image cameras will be used by Orange Park Police Department Supervisors. The technology will be used to manage surveillance activities, locate and apprehend suspects, investigate crime scenes and conduct search and rescue operations.
What Do Thermal Imaging Cameras See?
Visible light is what we see around us every day. It is the only part of the electromagnetic spectrum that we can see. Visible light only takes up a small area in the electromagnetic spectrum and infrared radiation (IR) represents a larger percentage. If we want to see what’s going on in other parts of the spectrum we need specialized equipment.
All objects absorb, reflect and sometimes transmit energy at different levels. Different materials will give off heat or cold energy at different rates. It’s this energy that can be detected by infrared equipment and displayed as images.
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