Fire House Subs donates thermal imaging camera to McAllen FD

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 12:05pm

The City of McAllen Fire Department is adding an expensive set of eyes to their operation thanks to a donation from Fire House Subs.

The sandwich chain that was started by two fire fighters is giving a new thermal imaging camera to the McAllen Fire Department.

The camera costs more than $13,000 and is used to detect body heat and hot spots inside burning buildings as McAllen Fire Chief Rafael Balderas states, "When we go into a fire, you can't see your hand in front of you, so what we do is we use this camera and we can locate and look for victims. If we can find the victim right away, the better the chances that we can save that life."

Chief Balderas says the department has thermal imaging cameras that are old and more difficult to use.

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