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Thermal Imaging Cameras Donated to Fire Department

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 23, 2004
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Ron Myers, Fire Chief, Daly City Fire Department
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David Dewey, Fire Marshal, Daly City Fire Department (650) 991-8150
Kimco Realty, Crocker Neighborhood To Donate Thermal Imaging Cameras To Daly City Fire Department
Daly City – And then, there are three.

The Daly City Fire Department will add to the number of thermal imaging cameras in its jurisdiction, thanks to donations from Kimco Realty Corporation, the owner of Westlake Shopping Center, and from Crocker Neighborhood Association in partnership with the San Francisco Foundation – Koshland Program. A special presentation will occur on Monday, April 26, at the City Council meeting, which starts at 7 p.m., at City Hall, located at 333 – 90th Street in Daly City.

Thermal imaging camera is a state-of-the-art firefighting equipment that many fire departments nationwide consider indispensable nowadays. It uses infrared sensor technology to see heat – rather than light – to restore vision and to guide firefighters through dense smoke. Imagers not only help locate victims; they also enhance firefighter safety, by detecting impending dangers within the structure. With this technology, firefighters are able to quickly pinpoint the source of the fire and locate hot spots that might re-ignite.

“The effective use of thermal imaging cameras is fast becoming the norm in today’s fire-fighting standards. Due to budget limitations, however, Daly City had not been able to afford but one imager,” explained Fire Chief Ron Myers. “That obstacle didn’t stop us. We approached several major companies and neighborhood groups for their support and financial assistance. Kimco Realty was the first to respond. The Crocker neighborhood soon followed,” he added.

Currently, Daly City’s ladder truck, which is dispatched to all fire calls, has the department’s only imager. At Monday’s City Council meeting, Kimco Realty representatives will present the newly purchased thermal imaging camera to Daly City firefighters from Engine 91, which is housed on Lake Merced Boulevard across the Westlake Shopping Center. Thereafter, Crocker Neighborhood Association President Leah Berlanga will present the fire department a check for $10,000 to purchase another thermal imager, partially funded by a grant from the Koshland Program. Once purchased, the new camera will be in Engine 92, whose designated area includes the Crocker neighborhood.

Three more thermal imagers are being purchased with the assistance of the Firefighters Grant program through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Soon, there will be six.