This week, Rescue Boat 17 is getting some important upgrades at Portland Fire & Rescue’s (PF&R) Maintenance Shop. Rescue Boat 17 is assigned to Station 17, located at 848 N. Tomahawk Drive on Hayden Island. In addition to a new search light and upgraded deck lights, PF&R technicians are installing wireless headsets on the craft so the crew can move freely around the boat and maintain communications.
Another important feature being installed is a Forward Looking Infrared Radar (FLIR) camera. Propel Insurance of Oregon in partnership with Fireman’s Fund Heritage Grant Program donated $7,500.00 to Portland Fire & Rescue to purchase this system which will allow firefighters to search for victims in the water in the dark of night or in foggy conditions. FLIRs use detection of thermal energy to create a "picture" for video output and will help our pilot navigate the boat at night, in fog, or detect warm objects against a cold background when it is completely dark.
PF&R expects Rescue Boat 17 to be back in service sometime next week with these important new features that will improve firefighters’ ability to conduct water-related search and rescue operations. Thanks to Jason Erhardt from Logistics for bringing us this information.
February 9, 2010