September 08, 2009

News Release

For Immediate Release

Fire Department Receives Equipment Through Donation

The Springfield Fire Department has received five new thermal imaging cameras as a result of an anonymous donation last year. The new equipment allows firefighters to “see through smoke” by using heat sensing technology. The five new cameras will be added to the six the department currently has in service.

According to Battalion Chief John Marion, “This equipment will now allow every district within the City, except one, to have this life saving technology.” He went on to stress the importance of the first arriving crew to have the ability to see a victim in a smoke filled room before it is too late. Having these in virtually all districts will allow that capability.

The hand-held piece of equipment costs about $8,000 each and are used routinely to help firefighters find the seat of the fire and any victims in smoky conditions.

For media only:
For additional information, contact Interim Fire Chief David Hall at 864-1530 or 838-4730.

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Springfield Fire Department

830 Boonville Ave., P.O. Box 8368, Springfield, MO 65801
417-864-1500 • FAX: 417-864-1505 • springfieldmo.gov/fire