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Akron Fire Department Invests in Life-Saving, Issue 4-Funded Thermal Imaging Equipment to Help Firefighters See Through Smoke


City of Akron Press Release
From the desk of Ellen Lander Nischt, Press Secretary
Published: 04-25-2018

Akron, Ohio, April 25, 2018 The Akron Fire Department is purchasing ten new, life-saving thermal imaging units to advance its mission to protect the lives, property, and environment of the Akron community. These new units, which are replacing outdated equipment, will provide fire service personnel with the latest in thermal imaging technology, which can detect emitted heat energy through a variety of filters including darkness, smoke, and dust.

“Heat-detecting cameras will allow our first responders to locate a victim in an environment with very limited or no visibility,” Fire Chief Clarence Tucker said. “For a firefighter searching for a trapped victim, little is worse than losing your ability to see due to darkness or dense smoke. In a rescue operation where every second counts, these units can make the difference between life and death, by enabling us to find victims faster and increasing their chances of survival.”

In addition to helping firefighters see through smoke to identify victims, thermal imaging cameras can be used to locate hidden flames or hot spots inside walls or other parts of a structure, and quickly detect the main source or “seat of the fire,” which facilitates timely fire suppression and helps prevent firefighter injuries.  They can also be used to prevent electrical fires by helping identify overheated circuits in homes and businesses.

Akron City Council unanimously approved the purchase, allowing the City to publicly advertise for bids for ten thermal imaging units at an estimated cost of approximately $50,000.

“Once again, we thank the Akron community for their support of Issue 4, which has made critical safety investments like this possible,” Mayor Dan Horrigan said. “In the months and years to come, will continue to invest these funds in ways that make all our neighborhoods safer and stronger.”

The full 2018 Issue 4 budget is available here.

For further information, contact:
Ellen Lander Nischt
Press Secretary / Assistant Director of Law
166 South High Street, Suite 200
Akron OH 44313
Phone: (330) 375-2325
E-mail: [email protected]

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