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
Soon, there will be six.