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Control measure

Conduct search using thermal imaging equipment

Control measure knowledge

Thermal imaging equipment can be used to locate people, especially at night or if visibility is reduced. In these situations, thermal imaging equipment can prove invaluable to search operations. Thermal imaging equipment may include:

  • Thermal imaging cameras
  • Aerial appliances
  • Unmanned aerial vehicles (Drones)
  • Police/Coastguard helicopters

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Make arrangements for crews to access thermal imaging equipment for use at search incidents in poor visibility

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Adopt a methodical system when using thermal imaging equipment to search for casualties
  • Consider using a range of thermal imaging resources such as aerial appliances, drones and helicopters