Tactical Thermal Imaging

Tactical Thermal Imaging

Today’s modern fire ground places stringent demands on our firefighters. We are required to formulate our strategies and tactics at 15 times the speed as we did in the past due to the high heat release rate fuels in structure fires. These fires develop faster and are predominantly ventilation limited fires with heavy, turbulent, black smoke that reduces our visibility. Tactical Thermal Imaging enhances a firefighter’s decision making skill set by providing thermal data. This data allows firefighters to:

  • Quickly locate the location & severity of the fire
  • Locate tough hidden fires via thermal cues & clues
  • Identify the flow path and the fires direction of travel
  • Determine the most efficient access path & prevent rapid fire development
  • Enhances stream placement by placing our streams where they are needed most.

Students who participate in this training will receive a classroom portion covering the key attributes of thermal imaging, contraindications of thermal imaging, the aforementioned skill sets, and additional uses of tactical thermal imaging. Then the students will be grouped in teams of 5-7 with two instructors a complete the following stations:

  • Tactical 360
  • Identifying Flow Path, Fire Direction of travel, and Access points
  • Go/No-Go Decision Making
  • Enhanced Stream Placement
  • Enhanced Search Methodology

Presented by Andy J. Starnes

Track(s):  Firefighters