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Operation RoundUp Grant Helps Fund OVVFD’s Purchase Of Thermal Imager

Purchased in part by grant funds awarded through South Central Indiana EMC’s RoundUp program, the Owen Valley Volunteer Fire Department now has use of a state-of-the-art Bullard thermal imaging camera.

According to information released through Bullard, all objects have a certain temperature and emit waves of energy called infrared radiation. Hot objects emit more energy than cold objects. A thermal imager translates these energy waves into a viewable image, which shows a “heat picture” of a scene. On the screen of a thermal imager, hotter objects show as white, cooler objects show as black, and objects in between these temperatures are displayed in shades of gray. Because infrared radiation is not blocked by smoke, firefighters can use thermal imagers to see through smoke, enabling them to find victims faster, identify the seat of the fire earlier, and detect structural dangers that could put them at risk.

Pictured above with the new equipment following a recent meeting of the Owen Valley Fire Territory Board are, left to right: board director Mike Spinks, board secretary Cynthia Hyde, board member Lois West, board member Margaret Tucker, OVVFD Chief Brian Mauder, and board member Steve Cradick. (Staff Photo)

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