With significant experience in firefighting equipment, LEADER decided to design and manufacture its own infrared portable thermal imaging camera to better respond to search and rescue and firefighting challenges.
Ergonomics, compactness, resolution and sensitivity of the sensor, camera and battery resistance to high temperatures are all important criterias for a firefighting Thermal Imaging Camera.
However, temperature and angle of vision are also important for a firefighting TIC!
The temperature range should be as wide as possible to avoid image saturation
A firefighting thermal imaging camera equipped with a wide temperature range going beyond 1000°C (1832°F) allow to analyze all the firefighting situations without risk of saturation (inability to discern the observed scene).
Indeed, when the maximum detection temperature of the firefighting thermal imaging camera is exceeded, the image is saturated and it is no longer possible to clearly see the contrasts on the thermal imaging camera screen, thus making it impossible to read and understand the situation.
To avoid misunderstanding the intervention scene and endangering the rescue team
A thermal camera with a temperature range of up to 450 or 500°C (842 to 932°F) will not be able to:
- Understand perfectly the triggering of a flash-over occurring between 600 and 650°C (1112 to 1202°F)
- Analyze the risk of collapse of a metal structure building knowing that steel loses all stability from 850°C (1562°F).
Even for first responders, it is necessary to be equipped with a firefighting camera that can warn firefighters of danger!
LEADER has chosen to equip its firefighting TIC with the widest temperature range on the market (from -40°C to + 1150°C) in order to give firefighters the opportunity to analyze all the situations encountered and to guarantee the reliability of the device.
The field of vision must be as wide as possible
The field of vision of a thermal imaging camera is much smaller than that of humans. Furthermore, this field of view will be even more reduced by wearing a breathing apparatus mask.
Every second counts in intervention, and it is why LEADER TIC cameras have a viewing angle that is among the highest on the market, 51° horizontally and 40° vertically, thus making it possible to scan an intervention area more quickly!
You can learn more about choosing a Thermal Imaging Camera in this article.
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