New equipment will aid firefighters

By <b>Byline</b> Thursday 21 February 2013 Updated: 22/02 08:44

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FIRE chiefs have said they are confident updated thermal imaging equipment will enhance firefighters’ safety.

Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service has just bought 35 new cameras for all of its stations.

Watch commander Nigel Smart, from HWFRS operational logistics department, said the investment was essential as their current cameras had become outdated.

“The service has used thermal imaging equipment for many years now but the cameras we have been using are no longer in production and it has become increasingly difficult to source spares and repairs,” he added.

“We have therefore looked at procuring new equipment and have carried out a detailed evaluation across the service area to help establish the optimum replacement.”

The new cameras are compact and lightweight with a high resolution colour display. They can also be used easily with one hand and mounted onto existing breathing apparatus.

“We are confident our final choice, the Eagle Attack Thermal Image Camera from Scott Health and Safety, will meet the demands of the service for many years to come,” Mr Smart added.

“The new camera will also enhance firefighter safety, a factor central to all decisions on new equipment.”

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