In the event of a structure fire, especially one in which victims are believed trapped inside a building, every second counts.
No one knows that better than the men and women who risk their lives to save the lives of community members and their pets during those desperate times when flames are showing and smoke is billowing at a residence, business or any other type of structure.
Which is why the Seguin Citizens Fire Academy Alumni Association, city of Seguin and Seguin Professional Firefighters Association for their members’ efforts in securing technology to quicken searches should be applauded.
Recently, the Seguin Fire Department obtained six pocket-sized thermal devices called Reveal Fire Pro from Seek Thermal. The hand-held, thermal-imaging devices help firefighters see victims or any heat source in seconds inside burning buildings.
“The addition of these thermal imagers to our fleet shortens the amount of time they are in the building,” Seguin Fire Chief Dale Skinner said.
“It quickens the search time for those victims, thereby achieving the goal of a quick removal of those victims.”
The imagers will be used on the department’s three fire trucks and three ambulances, helping to lessen loss of life.
And if one life can be saved using the images or in any other way, isn’t it all worth it?