How First Responders are Using Thermal Technology to Save Lives

“A first responder is any individual who runs toward an event rather than away.” – U.S. First Responders Association

Our country’s first responders put their lives on the line to save ours every day. Their work is critical to keeping our communities safe. Every time they answer a call, they must walk virtually blind into a hazardous and potentially dangerous situation of what very little is known. Having the correct tools is imperative to a first responder’s work when managing a disaster. Equipment failure may mean the life of a victim or a first responder. Don’t you want America’s finest to have the very best in cutting-edge technology when responding to a crisis?

One of these important life-saving tools that increase the speed, effectiveness and accuracy of response is a thermal imager. Advanced thermal technology keeps first responders safer and more efficient and successful at saving lives.


How Does Thermal Imaging Work?

Simply put, thermal imagers incorporate a special sensor that detects heat signatures in all objects and translates the data into clear images we can interpret. Thermal imaging devices, such as hand-held monoculars, binoculars and weapon-mounted thermal riflescopes, mark a clear distinction between objects—hotter things pop against their cooler background. Thermal imagers do not need any ambient light to work and you can use them just as well at night as you can during the day.

To read more about how thermal imagers work, click here.

There are many reasons why thermal optics are quickly becoming standard equipment for firefighters and other first responders:

Searching and Identifying Victims

Thermal imagers help first responders locate trapped and injured people after a natural disaster, during a fire, in collapsed buildings and in confined spaces that the naked eye or night vision might miss. Because thermal technology needs no light to operate, firefighters can scan a burning building full of dark, black smoke and quickly find people trapped inside. Thermal also enables first responders and law enforcement in the sky and on the ground to locate victims of vehicle accidents who have been ejected. Thermal has been used to find and save the lives of tornado victims in Missouri and Oklahoma.

Click here to read why thermal imagers are a must-have tool for police.

Assess Risks and Avoid Dangers

SWAT team member using a thermal monocular
First responders use thermal to apprehend suspects and locate and help victims.

Pulsar’s thermal units detect hot spots, dangerous conditions like falling beams and holes in the floor and help firefighters find their way safely out of a burning building. Knowing where to enter a burning structure and locating hot spots and flare-ups means the firefighters can find and fight the most critical areas first. This makes a difference in first responder safety by making them more efficient at helping and protecting people.

First responders are specialty trained to arrive early to a disaster or emergency and assess the situation, plan and act by performing first aid, protecting citizens and preserving life—first responders are often firefighters, law enforcement, military, search and rescue, FBI agents, military, game wardens, transit police and many others. First responders are both paid for their work, as well as volunteers. Police and firefighters have higher rates of injuries on the job than any other occupation. Their hazardous work environments demand reliable tools that help them perform better and faster.

Some thermal optics are incredibly pricey and budget restraints prevent some fire departments from purchasing them; however, Pulsar’s line of thermal monocular and binoculars are affordable and high-quality. The harsh demands are met with a wide field of view, durability, high refresh rate, ease of use and image clarity. It has become a common tool for firefighters, search and rescue, law enforcement and other first responders to utilize for operations and to save lives.

If your department is interested in speaking to someone about thermal imaging, we have an entire team devoted to meeting the needs of first responders. Please call our Law Enforcement Division at 817-225-6650.

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