TI Case Study: Volunteer Fire Department
• Volunteer Dept • Funding: Community Fundraising • Recommended Models: QXT & TXS •
Thermal Imager Deployment Case Study
The chief of this volunteer department raised funds with hands-on demos to add two thermal imagers to his fleet, giving every crew a decision-making TI.
Fire Chief Jay Alley of Gerton Fire Department in North Carolina leads a volunteer department that understands the importance of getting thermal imagers in the hands of as many firefighters as possible.
- Department Size: 21 Volunteer; 1 Paid
- Population Served: 900
- Annual Runs: 180
- Thermal Imagers in Service: 3
Advice from Gerton Fire Department
⇒ Compare Side-by-Side
“When choosing a new imager, put them side by side. We did it in a live burn situation. The clarity, pitch, and imagery will help you choose an imager.”
⇒ Don’t Forget the Versatility
“We regularly use imagers for night searches, motor vehicle accidents, and haz mat. TI isn’t just for fire scenes.”
⇒ Show and Tell for Fundraising
“We had a demo TXS model on-hand for people to see and use during our open house fundraiser, and we raised all the money for two TXS units just with this event.”
⇒ More Imagers in More Hands
“This is the right solution for us. When our firefighters make interior attack, each crew has a TI.”
Gerton Fire Department deploys one advanced thermal imager to the chief, and a lightweight decision making thermal imager on each of the two first-out engines.
An excellent fit for this department profile and deployment model is one advanced decision-making thermal imager such as QXT, and two lightweight decision making thermal imagers that are still budget-conscious, such as TXS.