As a firefighter, it will be a constant struggle to work at your skills in reading flashovers.
The job can certainly be overwhelming, but providing the most accurate, timely, and reliable information possible is the backbone of most good fireground decisions, and a thermal imager (TI) can help with that.
Early detection before the fire can really set itself deep within the “hog fuel” pile is the first step.
While new technology is important, it's meaningless if it doesn't work or you have poor radio communication habits.
How can firefighters expect building occupants to take fire alarms seriously if they give occupants the impression that they don’t?
Don’t overcomplicate your in-house training program; make it fun yet challenging.
Some firefighters lack the knowledge of the different types.
With a little creativity, you can train with a TI anywhere, and the fire station is a perfect place to start.
There are many of the monster rigs still in service, and they will be for a number of years.
A TI is useless in the hands of an inexperienced operator, so be sure to keep in mind these three golden rules.