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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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