Devils Lake Volunteer Fire Department was awarded a $4,650 grant from the North Dakota Community Foundation.
Devils Lake Volunteer Fire Department was awarded a $4,650 grant from the North Dakota Community Foundation. The grant was used to purchase a new thermal image camera.
The fire department uses this technology to see through darkness and smoke. It recognizes heat from humans, fire or any other heat sources.
The fire service uses them for life savings activities and for direct firefighting operations. The camera travels with all the other firefighting resources on the fire trucks and is typically one of the first things firefighters take with them into a burning building.
“Into just about every fire attack we bring a hose and a thermal camera. Other tools will depend on what type of fire or structure we are entering but the hose and a camera are a must,” stated DL Fire Chief Jim Moe.
Recently the Devils Lake Fire Department had attempted to upgrade an existing thermal camera but learned that the camera was too old to be upgraded to the newer technology of the 2017 cameras so they were forced to purchase new.
Budgeted funds were in place for the upgrade but purchasing new came as a surprise. According to Moe, the Fire Department couldn’t be happier for the North Dakota Community Foundation recognizing the need for this technology and for helping keep the lives of the Devils Lake Firefighters and people of Devils Lake safe by allowing the purchase of this new thermal camera.