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Training Bulletin-Training with Artificial Smoke

By |January 18th, 2021|Categories: Blog Posts|

The fire service has experienced a significant increase in fire prevention codes the response of operations personnel to fires has significantly decreased. With the overall reduction in fires, this has the often reduces the ability of firefighters to gain on the job experience. Many Fire Departments are having to think of more creative ways to create realistic conditions for firefighters to train in that has a minimum impact on a [...]

Tactical 360 for the Safety Officer by Instructor John Lightly

By |January 17th, 2021|Categories: Blog Posts|

Firefighters and Incident Commanders are taught the importance of performing a 360* size-up on each and every emergency response that they respond to.  Whether it is a multi-car pile-up on a major roadway, a residential structure fire, or a simple citizen assist call, crews are trained to look over the situation and gather as much information as they can.  It is considered a basic task in the sequence of fire [...]

The Tactical 360-Enhancing Fire-ground Strategies and Tactics

By |January 17th, 2021|Categories: Blog Posts|

 In the fire service today, we are seeing a decrease in the overall number of fires, but we are seeing that these fires are rapidly developing due to the higher heat release rates of the contents and construction components. The research performed by Project Kill the Flashover, UL, and NIST all have shown that the fires we experience are reaching the point of flashover in as little as a few [...]

The Dark Side: The Power of Cold

By |May 8th, 2020|Categories: Blog Posts|

In thermal imaging, firefighters are trained to recognize areas of concern based on heat. However, areas that are cold, appear cold, or that are dark should not be overlooked. The use of thermal imaging in industry is often used more to look for leaks, air infiltration/exfiltration, and thermal bridging where heat is being lost. This is demonstrated in the following inspection photo (provided by Infrared Training Center) where we see [...]

The Power of Grey Scale

By |March 28th, 2020|Categories: Blog Posts|

The Power of Grey Scale: With the recent release of UL’s research paper on “Evaluation of Thermal Imaging Camera Spot Temperature Measurements in Structure Fires” (see link below) We have had many discussions with fire service professionals on two very important topics in thermal imaging: Color PalettesThe Spot Temperature Firefighters need to understand the power and the value of each of these concepts. Notice in the following video, the [...]

Spring Time Safety Tip

By |March 18th, 2020|Categories: Blog Posts|

Spontaneous Combustion Anyone? Each year, there are many fires that occur from this phenomena that involve: MulchLandfillsSilosRecycling PlantsAnd more… What causes this to occur? As seen in this short video, the surface temperatures of this 3’ mulch pile were “apparent temperatures” of approximately 60-70 degrees Fahrenheit. Whereas when we rake back the mulch just a few inches under the surface we see “apparent temperatures” of anywhere between 110-130 Degrees Fahrenheit. [...]

Identifying the Thermal Layer?

By |March 15th, 2020|Categories: Blog Posts|

In many fire behavior/thermal imaging classes, identification of the thermal layer is taught to assist in identification of overall severity of conditions.  However, if we don't know/understand our TIC this can cause us great harm as this is two TIC's looking at the same fire. The thermal layer is defined as the line or space between the superheated areas and the cold area below. This is not to be confused [...]

Impressed With Colorization? Don’t be! Here is why by Instructor Joey Baxa

By |March 8th, 2020|Categories: Blog Posts|

Impressed by All the Cool Colors? Don't be fooled... Not all palettes or application modes are intended for fire ground use. Some manufacturers include palettes that are used in the industrial setting to find and better highlight problems with temperature differences that are low compared to the differences in temperature found on the fire ground.  For example this is what the User Manual for the Seek Reveal FirePRO states concerning [...]

Understanding Distance to Spot Ratio

By |February 14th, 2020|Categories: Blog Posts|

Understanding Distance to Spot Ratio: In thermal imaging, the two most critical attributes are emissivity and distance to spot ratio. However, these two areas are often neglected, misunderstood, or totally incorrectly shared with firefighters. For example, many firefighters tend to only read the numerical temperature reading in the lower right corner of the view finder otherwise known as the “spot temperature” or direct temperature measurement. This is a very dangerous [...]

Don’t Obtain Thermal Imaging; Train on Thermal Imaging by Instructor Joey Baxa

By |January 10th, 2020|Categories: Blog Posts|

When travelling to conferences or training weekends teaching thermal imaging to firefighters we are repeatedly asked which brand camera is the best? While everybody has their preferences, the more practical is “the one you have been thoroughly trained to use.” Sure, there are differences between color palettes, grips, and sensitivity modes but, that is an object focused mentality. How competently you apply the camera to your operations will mean more [...]

Understanding NFPA 1801-Part 1 Colorization

By |December 28th, 2019|Categories: Blog Posts|

What does NFPA 1801 state in regard to colorization? Section  In the TI BASIC mode, the heat color reference bar shall have a color scale that includes only the following colorization: Grey- at the bottom of the heat color reference bar before color indication begins and shall not be more than 50 percent of the overall height of the heat color reference bar.Yellow- at the low end of the heat [...]

Can TIC’s See Through Glass?

By |December 26th, 2019|Categories: Blog Posts|

TIC’s can’t see through glass?  They actually can’t see through anything but you’d be amazed what you can see! Check out our Blog Post-Overcoming Thermal Imaging Camera limitations: Firefighters are taught that thermal imaging cameras cannot see through glass and this is technically correct.  But, have we considered the following: Depending on the type of glass, IR energy can be transmitted through single pane leaded glass or automotive glass with [...]

Low Hertz, Hurts Performance

By |December 23rd, 2019|Categories: Blog Posts|

Low Hertz, Hurts Performance Ever been frustrated with your internet connection as it seems to make live videos freeze for a second and then catches back up quickly? Thus causing you to miss pieces of information you had been glued to the screen to see. The same thing can happen with your thermal imaging camera. Imagine scanning a room in a hurried yet controlled motion to aid your search. Yet, [...]

Intelligently Aggressive Fire Attack

By |December 22nd, 2019|Categories: Blog Posts|

Enhanced Stream Placement: Intelligently Aggressive Fire Attack The issue with most water application isn’t the nozzle. It is the nozzle man. Water is often applied based on a method and an educated guess. In many cases, firefighters have withheld water because they didn’t see flames but were being cooked by a blast furnace of superheated gases and convection currents.  Tactical Thermal Imaging allows firefighters to direct their streams more efficiently [...]

Enhanced Search Methodology-Making the Rescue up to 70% Faster

By |December 6th, 2019|Categories: Blog Posts|

Enhanced Search Methodology: The use of thermal imaging cameras has enhanced the firefighter’s overall effectiveness particularly in the area of searching for victims or downed firefighters. In the late 90’s several large and well known fire departments were invited to participate in a study. They were given two identical search scenarios: one conducted without a TIC and one conducted with a TIC. The results were staggering. Without the use of [...]

Thermal Imaging Training Drills & Tips: Field of View

By |December 6th, 2019|Categories: Blog Posts|

Why is Field of View Important? In our curriculum we cover the five key attributes of thermal imaging in depth and they are as follows: Field of View Temperature Modes/Application Modes Resolution & Color Palettes Distance to Spot Ratio: Emissivity What is Field of View? Field of view is the total field, measured as an angle, within which objects viewed by a TIC. Narrower FOVs generate more life-size images and distances, [...]

Which TIC Should We Buy?

By |November 16th, 2019|Categories: Blog Posts|

Thermal Imaging Needs Assessment/Purchasing/Training Guidelines: The following document was developed to assist departments with purchasing thermal imaging cameras and with their training needs. This document is the sole property of Insight Training LLC and is copyright protected. It may be used within the confines of the host organization but not for financial gain or instruction purposes without the written permission of Insight Training LLC. I. Decide upon purchasing either a [...]

An After Action Review of TIC Use-by Instructor Joey Baxa

By |October 19th, 2019|Categories: Blog Posts|

As a training officer I am always interested in any form of post incident analysis or after action review my department completes. Whether it is formal or informal it doesn’t matter, the lessons often learned by individuals from these moments need to be shared to the entire department. From my perspective, my organization is not overly staffed and any form of a rapid intervention crew will be late in the incident. Therefore, mayday [...]

Understanding Temperature Modes

By |October 16th, 2019|Categories: Blog Posts|

Thermal Imaging-Understanding High & Low Sensitivity. This short article is an attempt to clarify a few misconceptions in regard to fire service thermal imaging cameras. All fire service thermal imaging cameras automatically switch gains or sensitivity modes based on the following: The overall heat detected within the field of viewAnd at a certain percentage of pixels affectedThe majority of fire service TIC’s are dual mode sensitivity which is known asHigh [...]

Tactical Thermal PPE Management-Temperature, Tactics, & PPE

By |March 15th, 2019|Categories: Blog Posts|

The following speech was given at the FIERO 2019 PPE Symposium... “PPE Thermal Limits are designed to protect the firefighter to a tested specified limit, yet our tactics do not consider these limits when placing the firefighter into these IDLH environments. We need to transform our processes to provide these tactical approaches. We have the tools, yet we refuse to modify these SOPs. If we know better and do not, [...]

In Living Color? The Colorful & Confusing Thermal Imaging Fire Service Color Palette World:

By |August 30th, 2018|Categories: Blog Posts|

Have you noticed that there are numerous color palettes and color temperature associations with fire service thermal imaging cameras?   Why is this so? Doesn’t NFPA 1801 standardize this issue and prevent confusing color temperature associations? Sadly, this isn’t the case. This is the NFPA 1801 approved color/temperature progression for thermal imaging cameras under the TI Basic Color Palette (black, grey, white, yellow, orange & red). According to NFPA 1801 [...]

Do You Know The Danger of Cold Smoke?

By |July 16th, 2018|Categories: Blog Posts|Tags: , , , |

Firefighters need to be aware of the importance of fundamental search methods and the limitations of thermal imaging cameras. There are several TIC manufacturers that falsely advertise that their brand of TIC will “see” through steam. This is inherently dangerous and a false statement for them to spread because in many cases the TIC will not be able to see through dense steam, cold smoke situations (created by sprinklers), or [...]

Do you know the 2 Main Types of Fire Service TIC’s?

By |July 15th, 2018|Categories: Blog Posts|

Do you know the Two main types of Fire Service Thermal Imaging Cameras? Don’t be fooled by low price! You will find that you get what you pay for… There is a lot of confusion in the fir service today about thermal imaging cameras. Many departments are purchasing TIC’s such as the FLIR K2, the Scott Sight, the MSA ITIC or the SEEK. These devices are situational awareness cameras and [...]

Watch out for Mode Confusion

By |October 10th, 2017|Categories: Blog Posts|Tags: , , |

Thermal Imaging Mode Confusion:   Firefighters need to be aware of when the camera switches modes and the color ranges associated with it. TIC's have modes based upon sensitivity which are typically high, medium, and low. For example, one camera switches from high sense mode at 350 degrees Fahrenheit while another switches to low sense mode at anything over 200 degrees Fahrenheit. How fast it changes especially if we are [...]

Enhanced Search Methodology

By |October 9th, 2017|Categories: Blog Posts|

The use of thermal imaging cameras has enhanced the firefighter’s overall effectiveness particularly in the area of searching for victims or downed firefighters. In the late 90’s several large and well-known fire departments were invited to participate in a study. They were given two identical search scenarios: one conducted without a TIC and one conducted with a TIC. The results were staggering. Without the use of a TIC the search [...]

The Power of Enhanced Stream Placement

By |October 9th, 2017|Categories: Blog Posts|Tags: , , |

In our recent training at Ottawa Fire, Shawn Bloemker and I instructed firefighters on the value of enhanced stream placement. This is one of many concepts that Project Kill the Flashover advocates in our Tactical Thermal Imaging Program. The video above shows the stream being directed by the TIC at our training at Monroe Fire Department (video courtesy of a FLIR K65) In this short video below (video [...]

TIC’s are NOT Thermometers? No Kidding?

By |October 1st, 2017|Categories: Blog Posts|

Thermal Imaging Training Series: Tactical TIC use is not a thermometer With the recent release of the UL Fire Attack Study, we have received numerous questions about the reliability of TIC use in the fire environment. After reviewing the very short section on thermal imaging in their report there are several common statements that were already known in regards to thermal imaging that firefighters may not been aware of it [...]

The Danger of the Spot Temperature

By |September 23rd, 2017|Categories: Blog Posts|Tags: , , , , , |

In traveling and teaching our curriculum, we continue to see a dangerous trend in TIC use. Many firefighters only read the numerical temperature reading in the lower right corner of the view finder otherwise known as the "spot temperature" or direct temperature measurement. This is a very dangerous issue. Here is why: The spot temperature is a numerical representation of the average of a certain amount of pixels within the [...]

How Do Firefighters Measure Heat?

By |September 20th, 2017|Categories: Blog Posts|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

How Do Firefighters Measure Heat? Today’s thermal environment of higher heat release fuels demands a diagnostic tool that allows firefighters to prevent thermal insult, identify and locate the fire’s severity, and locate any victims or firefighters in danger more quickly than ever before. And those who advocate that firefighters should wait to feel the heat to indicate their level of safety should read and remember the following: The equipment we [...]

Ever read the instructions on your turnout gear?

By |September 20th, 2017|Categories: Blog Posts|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Ever read the instructions on your turnout gear? The following quotes come directly from Fire & Emergency Manufacturers and Services Association (FEMSA) User Information Guide which comes with every brand-new set of Firefighter Protective Garments. The following information should be read and understood by all firefighters.  “If your protective ensemble is exposed to radiant, convective, or conductive heat, you may be burned underneath with no warning and no sign [...]

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