Salt Lake firefighters test thermal imaging cameras in live fire drill

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 29 2013 12:30 p.m. MST

Firemen prepare to enter a prop house as the Salt Lake City Fire Department conducts a drill that tests thermal imaging cameras during a live fire scenario Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, in Salt Lake City.

Tom Smart, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake firefighters Tuesday tested new technology that they hope will help them locate victims in a fire.

Firefighters tested different thermal imaging cameras during a live fire scenario. The Salt Lake City Fire Department already uses thermal imaging cameras during fires; however, the department is now testing smaller versions. These types of cameras allow firefighters to see areas of heat through smoke, darkness, or heat-permeable barriers, which enables them to locate victims during a fire.

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