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FLIR System Helps Firefighters to "See At Night"


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Yesterday afternoon at Portland Fire Station 21, representatives from Propel Insurance of Oregon and the Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company awarded Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) a $10,000 dollar grant. Grant funds were used to purchase a Forward Looking Infared Radar (FLIR) system for one of PF&R's Rescue Boats and computers for training firefighters in tactics and strategies for fighting fires.

Division Chief John Nohr (far right) and representatives from Propel Insurance of Oregon and the Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company

Picture courtesy of Eric Cable, Eric Cable Photography Inc.

Through a live demonstration, representatives were able to see how the FLIR uses detection of thermal energy to create a "picture" assembled for video output. The “picture” will enable firefighters to “see in the dark” and greatly increase their ability to detect warm objects against a cold background.  All in all, the FLIR system will allow for quicker rescues at night or in stormy weather on Portland's waterways.


Fire Captain Scott Heesacker (Left Photo) and PF&R Rescue Boat 17 with FLIR System (Right)

 PF&R Rescue Boat's FLIR System Projector Screen

The five laptop computers, with portable screens and projectors, were also displayed for representatives.  The goal of the computers is to assist battalion chiefs and company officers in delivering useful training to firefighters directly at the fire stations.  Instead of firefighters going out of service and away from their stations for training, the training will be brought right to their stations. 

To culminate the award, representatives were invited to ride-along on Portland Fire’s Rescue Boat installed with the FLIR system.

Safety Message

PF&R reminds you to make proper use of lifejackets when you, your family, and your friends are on the water. Did you know that the majority of drowning victims as the result of boating accidents were found not to be wearing a Lifejacket? Assign and fit each member of your onboard team with a Lifejacket-prior to departure.


March 24, 2010


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