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Updated: July 8th, 2008 05:26 PM CDT

High-Tech Cameras Coming to Three Fire Stations

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By AnnMarie Cornejo
The Tribune via Knight Ridder

The thermal imaging camera can also be used at accident scenes to determine if a person was ejected from a car by detecting recent body heat in the seats of cars.

Oceano also uses a similar tool called a heat gun to detect invisible hot spots.

The camera has more features, such as the ability to take photographs of the detected images, which can be used to record specific situations and as documents in reports.

Oceano bought its thermal camera with a federal Homeland Security Grant, which also paid for Bova to travel to Washington, D.C., for training.

He will start training the remaining 16 full- and part-time firefighters next week.

A similar grant paid for Grover Beach fire Capt. Mark Searby to attend the training.

The Los Osos station of CDF/County Fire bought its thermal camera with a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant.


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