East Jefferson Fire-Rescue receives pair of thermal imaging cameras from Seattle Fire Department
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East Jefferson Fire-Rescue has received two thermal imaging cameras from the Seattle Fire Department. The devices are used to detect heat sources behind barriers. East Jefferson Fire-Rescue

Peninsula Daily News

PORT TOWNSEND — East Jefferson Fire-Rescue now has two more thermal imaging cameras to help firefighters quickly detect potentially dangerous situations.

Firefighters use the hand-held cameras’ infrared technology to locate heat sources behind obstructions, such as sheetrock or ceilings.

The Seattle Fire Department gave East Jefferson Fire-Rescue two cameras July 8.

“Now, we have enough for every station,” said Bill Beezley, East Jefferson Fire-Rescue spokesman, referring to the three stations that are fully staffed 24 hours a day.

One of the new cameras will be stored at the new Chimacum Fire Station at 9193 Rhody Drive, and one will be located at the uptown Port Townsend station at 701 Harrison St.

The department had two older models, one of which is at the fully-staffed station at 35 Critter Lane in Port Townsend.

Beezley said he didn’t know where the other older model would be housed.

The gift from Seattle saved the department money, said East Jefferson Fire-Rescue Chief Gordon Pomeroy.

“These cameras cost $6,500 each, so we just saved $13,000 toward the replacement of our aging units,” he said.

The Seattle department received several cameras as part of a Homeland Security grant and has shared a number of them with other fire departments throughout the Puget Sound area, Beezley said.

“They’ve been a great partner,” Pomeroy said, noting that East Jefferson Fire-Rescue and Seattle Fire Department have collaborated on areas of medical interest as well as shipboard firefighting.

East Jefferson Fire-Rescue has six stations: three fully staffed and three operated by volunteers.

The volunteer response stations are on Marrowstone Island, at 50 Airport Road in Port Townsend and in Cape George.

Last modified: July 14. 2014 6:57PM
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