Thursday, September 28, 2006
Holly Springs Fire Department gets device to boost search, rescue
By SUE WATSON
A thermal imaging camera now available to small community fire departments through a Commercial Equipment Direct Assistance Program (CDAP) with the Department of Defense is now in use in Holly Springs.
Fire Chief Ken Holbrook, who took training in Florida in order for his department to qualify for the free device, said the camera can be used to search buildings in the dark or through smoke to look for people, hot spots and hidden sources of fire. The device can be used in search and rescue in daytime or at dark with a maximum range of detection of body heat of 900 feet.
After a four-hour training session, Holbrook said he is qualified to train other fire personnel in the use of the device. He said he is encouraging other fire departments in the county to apply for the grant.
All expenses for training and the camera, valued at about $13,000, were provided free by the CDAP program.
“It’s going to be a plus,” he said.
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