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Ellenbrook Advocate - - FRONT PAGE - Lisa Thomas

NEW ther­mal imag­ing cameras will help vol­un­teer fire­fight­ers at the West Swan Vol­un­teer Bush Fire Bri­gade to save lives and prop­erty this sum­mer.

The bri­gade re­cently re­ceived an $8000 grant from Lot­tery­west to pur­chase the cameras and is one of only a few vol­un­teer brigades in WA to have the tech­nol­ogy. Bri­gade Cap­tain Rudi James said the cameras al­lowed fire­fight­ers to see hotspots un­der the ground and en­sure the fire was com­pletely ex­tin­guished.

“There are cer­tain things that our eyes can­not see, like fires burning un­der the ground, so this tech­nol­ogy al­lows us to fo­cus our ef­forts on an area,” he said.

“It pro­vides us with more in­for­ma­tion be­cause we have bet­ter vis­i­bil­ity and gives us the comfort when we leave a fire that any hotspots have been put out and are mon­i­tored.”

Mr James said due to the ru­ral and res­i­den­tial area that the bri­gade cov­ered, it was an im­por­tant tool to have.

“Be­cause of the com­mu­nity we serve and the ur­ban-ru­ral in­ter­face, we rely on hav­ing more in­for­ma­tion to pro­tect the com­mu­nity against bush­fires,” he said. “We’d like to thank Lot­tery­west and the com­mu­nity for con­tin­u­ing to sup­port us and al­low­ing us to buy this po­ten­tially life­sav­ing tech­nol­ogy.”

Se­nior fire con­trol of­fi­cer and long-time ca­reer and vol­un­teer fire­fighter Mike Teraci said the tech­nol­ogy would give ad­di­tional con­fi­dence to vol­un­teers.

He said the tech­nol­ogy could also save lives in struc­ture fires.

“Of­ten we will as­sist with struc­ture fires and the ther­mal imag­ing cameras al­low us to see bod­ies in the fire, and rescue peo­ple who may be trapped in a build­ing,” he said, adding it would give peace of mind that no­body was trapped.

Pic­ture: David Baylis

Se­nior fire con­trol of­fi­cer Mike Teraci at the West Swan Fire Sta­tion with the new FLIR In­frared heat cameras. www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d484263

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