Fort Ellis Receives Generous Donation from FLIR
This spring, Fort Ellis Fire/Rescue received an extremely generous donation from FLIR, the world’s largest commercial company specializing in the design and production of infared and thermal imaging cameras and technology. Because FLIR’s operations in Bozeman are adjacent to Fort Ellis’s district boundary and several local executives live in the Fort Ellis district, the company provided three K65 thermal imaging cameras and accessories to outfit Fort Ellis volunteers with the latest technology. These cameras allow crews to “see” through smoky environments to help locate victims, find hazards and evaluate where fires are burning the hottest. The cameras also have great application in looking for victims of motor vehicle crashes that may have been thrown from the wreck.
Assistant Chief Buck Taylor noted that the donation allows Fort Ellis crews to train with identical technology as the department’s two other thermal imaging cameras are different makes and models.
“Thanks to FLIR’s generosity and partnership, our volunteers can operate more safely and efficiently in potentially dangerous environments while all training on the same equipment,” Taylor said. “This is the best technology currently available and we are fortunate to work with this great equipment. Many thanks to FLIR’s local leadership!”