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Pumpers and Quints are utilized for emergency response. Quints can provide both pumper and truck capabilities at any incident along with its associated rescue capability. A full first alarm compliment will include three Quints (engine), one pumper, one heavy rescue squad, one ambulance, an EMS Supervisor, and a Battalion Chief. This response delivers a total of 25 personnel.

Responding companies will have the flexibility to respond to changing circumstances on the emergency scene. Command officers operate a well-organized emergency scene; utilize an incident command system, status boards, and rapid intervention teams; adhere to a “two-in two-out” policy; and establish a clear accountability system. This procedure ensures more immediate response to the emergency, increased citizen protection, and improved firefighter safety.

 photo of firefighters photo of firefighters spraying water from a fire truck
Photo of a firefighter spraying water from a fire truck
photo of firefighters climbing from ladder onto burning house 

Thermal Imaging
photo of a firefighter using a thermal imagerThe thermal imaging camera helps to significantly improve the effectiveness and safety of our firefighters by improving visibility in smoke and darkness. The cameras assist in navigating through dark, smoke-filled structures; aids in the detection of victims; and helps survey for lingering hot spots after a fire has been extinguished. All RFD engines and the rescue truck are equipped with thermal imaging technology.

How does thermal imaging work? It only reads infrared heat signatures, which is temperature variations down to .05 degrees F, so no light is required. The camera then places the images on a screen in the form of a picture. It can display not only visible fires, but also heat from people, inside walls, and other enclosed spaces. While scanning a room with a thermal imager, you could tell if one wall is warmer than another. You could also see where the studs are. This can give you information about the construction of the wall or the relevant temperature behind or even inside the wall. On the screen of a thermal camera, the hottest objects show on the screen as white, coolest objects show up as black, and other objects show as varying shades of gray.

 view of a burning house as seen through a thermal imager
Last updated: 1/28/2014 2:36:42 PM