LOS ANGELES, Calif. (AP) – The Los Angeles Fire Department has deployed 1,000 hand-held thermal imaging cameras that can help firefighters locate victims in smoke-filled rooms or find fire hidden inside walls and attics.
The new devices are about the size of a smartphone and will be carried by all on-duty firefighers.
Previously, one large thermal imaging device costing upward of $10,000 each was carried on each fire apparatus.
The new devices manufactured by Seek Thermal Inc. of Santa Barbara cost $750 each.
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