The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office hosted a news conference this morning to announce that, using money from Homeland Security grants, the Sheriff’s Office recently was able to purchase and distribute six (6) thermal imaging cameras for five local fire agencies. Those agencies are:
Arcata Volunteer Fire Protection District
Humboldt Fire District One (received 2)
Ferndale Volunteer Fire Department
Rio Dell Volunteer Fire Department
Blue Lake Volunteer Fire Department
Each Scott Eagle Imager 160 camera costs upwards of $11,000. The County, through the Office of Emergency Services, purchased the equipment and then was reimbursed through the Homeland Security grant.
These thermal imaging hand-held cameras are state of the art and are an effective tool in fire search and rescue. They are lightweight and versatile and are a proven life-saving piece of equipment. We appreciate the dedication and hard work of OES Program Coordinator Dan Larkin who committed so much of his time and energy to this, and so many other Homeland Security grant projects.
Specific information about the thermal imaging camera can be found at the manufacturer’s website: