YFD seeks re­turn of miss­ing ther­mal imag­ing cam­era

Yuma Sun - - NEWS - BY JAMES GIL­BERT @YSJAMESGILBERT

The Yuma Fire Depart­ment is ask­ing for help find­ing a ther­mal imag­ing cam­era (TIC) that went miss­ing last month while fire­fight­ers were at the scene of a res­i­den­tial fire.

Ac­cord­ing to spokesper­son Mike Er­fert, if the cam­era is lo­cated, it can be re­turned to any Yuma fire sta­tion or by call­ing Fire Ad­min­is­tra­tion at (928) 373-4850.

No ques­tions will be asked, he added, and there just might even be a ride in a fire engine for who­ever re­turns it.

The cam­era is a Bullard T3MAX. Fire­fight­ers use ther­mal imag­ing cam­eras to scan ar­eas like walls and ceil­ings to de­ter­mine whether there is fire or sig­nif­i­cant heat be­hind those sur­faces.

Er­fert said the cam­era is a rel­a­tively small hand­held de­vice that uses a spe­cial bat­tery pack.

“It did not have the charger with it and may have been dis­carded when it stopped work­ing,” Er­fert said.

On Sept. 12, city of Yuma fire­fight­ers were on a res­i­den­tial fire re­sponse in the Ge­orge Bell Av­enue area. In the course of work­ing on that fire scene, the ther­mal imag­ing cam­era be­came sep­a­rated from a fire­fighter’s gear.

Er­fert said fire­fight­ers searched the area af­ter­ward but were un­able to find the cam­era, and no one has turned one in to au­thor­i­ties.

A re­port has been made with the Yuma Po­lice Depart­ment.

LOANED PHOTO/YUMA FIRE DEPART­MENT

A THER­MAL IMAG­ING CAM­ERA be­long­ing to the Yuma Fire Depart­ment went miss­ing last month while fire­fight­ers were at the scene of a res­i­den­tial fire.

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