New technology donated to the Owings Mills Volunteer Fire Company will help firefighters more efficiently tackle fires and hazardous incidents.
Firehouse Subs donated two thermal imaging camera, worth more than $14,600, to the fire company last week.
“It was something they really needed to help them save lives,” said owner and general manager Ayaz Moledina.
The cameras, which are small enough to be clipped onto the firefighters’ suits, have “crystal clear pictures,” said Capt. Ed. Schwartz Jr.
The cameras show different colors for different temperatures. At structure fires, this will help determine how much of a building is burning and where it is safest to enter, as well as where people might be trapped. If someone is missing in the woods at night, the camera will show where they are by picking up on body heat. If a truck rolls over, the camera can show how much liquid is inside it, Schwartz said.
“There is no way we could have afforded this … on our own,” he said.
When Firehouse Subs opened, the Owings Mills Fire Company donated a variety of old equipment and tools that are now on display in the restaurant.