One of the main problems faced by firefighters is poor visibility inside buildings engulfed in flames. According to the Western Fire Protection Association, most firefighting accidents are not caused by flames, but due to smoke and poor visibility.
In the dark or in pitch smoke, there is a high likelihood of suffocation, falling down stairs, falling through the hole, or stepping on non-de-energized bare wires.
Indianapolis-based Scott Safety unveiled the Scott Sight firefighter mask last week, featuring a range of low visibility devices. These include a compact real-time thermal imaging camera with a display inside the mask.
Thermal imagers appeared in the 90s and saved the lives of thousands of firefighters. However, they have serious disadvantages: they are expensive, cumbersome, and inconvenient when performing complex manipulations with fire-fighting equipment. However, the new mask is devoid of these disadvantages.
The built-in camera takes pictures with a resolution of 150 x 120 and a speed of 9 frames per second with transmission to the internal display. According to Scott, the camera has a light-filtered lens with a thermal video recording system that has the widest possible coverage. The battery lasts for 4 hours.