A mask for firemen with a built-in thermal imager

Scott Sight

One of the main problems faced by firefighters is poor visibility inside buildings covered in fire. According to the Western Fire Protection Association, most accidents with firefighters do not result from flames, but because of smoke and poor visibility.

In the darkness or in the pitch smoke there is a great chance of suffocation, falling from the ladder, falling into the hole formed, or stepping on non-de-energized bare wires.

Last week, Scott Safety from Indianapolis presented a mask for firefighters Scott Sight, equipped with a whole set of devices that can work in conditions of poor visibility. These include a compact camera with a thermal imager, working in real time with a display inside the mask.

Thermal imagers appeared in the 90s and saved lives for thousands of firefighters. However, they have serious shortcomings: they are expensive, cumbersome, inconvenient when performing complex manipulations with fire fighting equipment. However, the new mask lacks these drawbacks.

Scott Sight

The built-in camera takes pictures with a resolution of 150 x 120 and a rate of 9 frames per second with translation to the internal display. According to Scott, the camera has a light-filtered lens with a thermal video recording system that has the widest possible coverage. The battery lasts 4 hours.

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