Thermal Imaging Camera
In January 2000 the Twinsburg Fire Department took possession of its first Thermal Imaging Camera (TIC) from ISG Thermal Systems USA, Inc. This fire department left saving tool is the first TIC we have purchased. However the department will likely purchase another one sometime during 2001.
This TIC is ISG's K-90 Talisman. It is further classified as a Third Generation thermal imaging camera. What this means (in English) is that it is one of the latest designs of TIC on the market. (And not in English, HD-BST technology, has a spectral response of 8-14 microns, Germanium lens, and an external output at NTSC RD170 525 lines, ect., ect., ect.)
Twinsburg Fire Department put together a small group of members who's responsibility was to gather all the information possible regarding and TIC's on the market. The group looked at five different cameras (several others were not available during this process), and finally settled on ISG's K-90. There are several cameras that met and exceeded all our expectations, but we ended up going with the K-90 because it was the only TIC that passed the U.S. Navy's very stringent guidelines in every category listed.
Some of the categories were- water resistant, light weight, rugged construction (known as firefighter-proof in some circles), solid state technology, internal coolers, wireless transmission to name a few.
We have (thankfully) had little chance to utilize the K-90, but it promises to be a highly reliable and respected tool that will save lives.
Here are some images from the K-90 Talisman:
Here is what you would see in a fire situation.
Here is what the K-90 Talisman views in a fire situation:
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