Monday, August 7, 2017

FLIR Systems Equips New Boat for TVF&R's Water Rescue Team with Thermal Imaging Camera

FLIR SYSTEMS EQUIPS NEW BOAT FOR TVF&R'S WATER RESCUE TEAM WITH THERMAL IMAGING CAMERA


News Release from Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue
Posted on FlashAlert: August 7th, 2017 11:47 AM
Downloadable file: TVFR_Water_Rescue_Team_and_FLIR_Media_Event.pdf
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue's specialized Water Rescue Team has a new vessel in its fleet to replace a 17-year-old jet boat that served the community well.

The recent deployment of the new Boat 59 equipped with best-in-class Raymarine electronics and FLIR thermal imaging cameras enhances the team's ability to respond quickly to water rescues; stranded swimmers, anglers, kayakers and boaters; boat fires; fires on islands or near shorelines with access issues by land; and incidents involving icy or swampy terrain.

The new 23-foot-long boat is outfitted to maneuver through all navigable waterways within the District in nearly all weather and water conditions. It is designed to travel in 6 inches of water with eight people onboard and is customized to support a high-pressure fire pump that has the ability to deliver 200 gallons of water per minute.

Boat 59 is equipped with deck and overhead lights, quick startup, increased fuel capacity, Raymarine VHF radio communication system and multi-function display. Rigged with a FLIR fixed-mounted thermal imaging camera, responders can clearly see hazards, obstacles, and people in the water in complete darkness. In addition, FLIR generously donated a handheld marine thermal camera for added awareness and protection on the water, day and night.

FLIR and TVF&R make an important pair for water rescue missions. FLIR's roof-mounted thermal imaging camera runs a live feed to the Raymarine 12-inch display, playing a vital role in nighttime operations by providing responders a sixth sense, the ability to see at night and detect a person's body heat in the water.

"This device can be used as a nighttime navigation tool as well," said Captain Jon Voeller, who leads the Water Rescue Team. "It's a game changer. With such a large range of calls, FLIR's technology helps us perform our jobs in the safest manner."

Media are invited to participate in a nighttime water rescue demonstration using FLIR technologies:

What: Unveiling of Water Rescue Team's Boat 59 and search demonstration on the Willamette River

When: Friday, August 11, at 9:30 p.m.

Where: Willamette Park's Bernert Landing Boat Ramp, 4905 Volpp St., West Linn

Activities: Reporters will have the opportunity to ride on Boat 59 and see the Water Rescue Team and thermal imagining equipment in action, simulating a water rescue mission at night. Interviews with Captain Jon Voeller of the Water Rescue Team and FLIR representatives.

Video Clips: B Roll: https://vimeo.com/tvfr/review/227788949/d1bb093086

About TVF&R's Water Rescue Team
TVF&R's Water Rescue Team is comprised of firefighters cross-trained in swift-water rescue, rope rescue techniques and boat operations. The team trains once a week to ensure response readiness and hone specialized skills. On any given day, five to six water rescue technicians are on duty ready to respond around the clock. The team is strategically positioned at Station 59 in West Linn and Station 21 in Newberg near the Willamette River. In 2016, the team responded to 60 water rescue incidents. TVF&R's team is a member of the Clackamas County Interagency Water Consortium. The consortium works to improve safety and performance in the water environment. This group trains together for water rescue incidents three days per month and responds to anywhere from 50 to 80 incidents per year. Other members of the consortium include Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Dive/Rescue Team, Clackamas County Fire District 1, Lake Oswego Fire Department, Gladstone Fire Department, Estacada Rural Fire District 69, Canby Fire District 62, Sandy Fire District 72, C-COM and American Medical Response.

About FLIR Systems, Inc.
Founded in 1978 and headquartered in Wilsonville, Oregon, FLIR Systems is a world-leading maker of sensor systems that enhance perception and heighten awareness, helping to save lives, improve productivity, and protect the environment. Through its nearly 3,500 employees, FLIR's vision is to be "The World's Sixth Sense" by leveraging thermal imaging and adjacent technologies to provide innovative, intelligent solutions for security and surveillance, environmental and condition monitoring, outdoor recreation, machine vision, navigation, and advanced threat detection. For more information, please visit www.flir.com and follow @flir.

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