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Source: The Kokomo Perspective

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Kokomo fire department awarded grant for thermal-imaging cameras

The Kokomo Fire Department (KFD) was awarded $48,600 to purchase thermal-imaging cameras.

The new thermal-imaging cameras allow firefighters to locate quickly an unconscious victim in a smoke-filled environment where visibility is reduced.  In addition, the cameras can pinpoint hidden fires, such as electrical fires inside walls, before they spread to other parts of a structure.

“The women and men of the Kokomo Fire Department are charged with providing the highest level of public safety, and they perform this duty to the utmost degree,” said Kokomo mayor Greg Goodnight. “I am extremely proud of the entire department for aggressively seeking and securing funding which has enabled the KFD to purchase sophisticated life-saving equipment in order for the department to adhere to highest national safety standards.”

In 2010, the city of Kokomo committed $2.6 million toward the construction of a new fire station on the city’s south side, the purchase of a new fire rescue truck, and the update of the downtown Kokomo fire station.


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