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Fire Behavior and Thermal Imaging

Tuesday, April 25
Studies say 60% of firefighters have less than one hour of thermal imager training in a year. We must first know how a tool works before we can use it properly. Most thermal imager training has been in cold smoke or just in the dark at the station. While this training is beneficial, we still need to understand mode changes and what they mean to us. We must learn when and how to scan with a thermal imager and understand the why behind it all. We must recognize flow paths and go/no-go situations based off the camera and our knowledge of fire behavior. Students will leaev this workshop more comfortable with fire behavior and the thermal imager because they will have a better understanding of the enemy and the tool.
Joseph DeVito, Captain/Paramedic - Fort Myers Beach (FL) Fire Control District