The LAFD’s personal TICs. Could they be used in Australia?

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Having seen the buzz surrounding the newly issued Thermal Imaging Cameras for the LA Fire Department, we reached to the LAFD Foundation for more details.

Could they be used in Australia? What kind of specs do they come with? Read on to find out a bit more about how they came to be issued in LA and what kind of hardware they pack.

What was the driving need to purchase these individual TICs?

The Fire Chief saw these being utilized and realized the potential of how these could replace the older, bulkier versions. He approached the LAFD Foundation to see if we would purchase them for the LAFD.

Did you run trials on different types of cameras? How many did you end up buying?

The Chief who is in charge of our facilities gathered a group of firefighters to test the devices out in various scenarios. We purchased 1,000 TICs, which covers every on-duty firefighter. When they end their shift, they hand the TIC off to the next shift.

What has the response been to the implementation?

The response has been overwhelmingly positive from the field. Of course, there are some requests for improvements and the LAFD will be working with the manufacturer to see if they can make revisions to the models.

A big thanks to the LAFD Foundation and Alex Gillman for the information and photos!

The particular brand they are using comes from a company by the name of Seek Thermal. They offer a bunch of different handheld models, including one that connects to your mobile phone.

Check out the specs of the Reveal FirePRO

  • 320 x 240 High-Resolution Thermal Sensor
  • 76,800 temperature pixels for maximum image clarity and sensitivity
  • Waterproof Design Durable and reliable design built with IP67 rating
  • Wide, 32-Degree Field of View Easily scan a large area to identify hazards and heartbeats in seconds
  • Long-Lasting Rechargeable Battery Up to 3.5 hours of continuous thermal imaging 3 Modes.
  • 300 lumen LED flashlight available at the touch of a button

The units retail for around $1100 AUD, compared to the popular and much larger MSA units in use around the country, which carry a price tag of many thousands more.

This puts them in the realms of possibilities for many Australian stations, regardless if they are government funded or not. $1000 is obtainable through donations or grants, depending where your station is.

Could this be an addition to your station? Could you get away with 2 attached to your primary CABA sets on the appliance, or perhaps stored in the cabin to assist in other operations?

We’ve not seen many personal issue, or small form TICs around the country. If you already run them at your station, we’d love to hear from you!

Food for thought.

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