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Morris Fire Department adds thermal imaging cameras

New thermal imaging cameras will help the Morris Fire Department in search and rescue operations and in trying to fight fires more safely.

MORRIS – The Morris Fire Department has purchased three new thermal imaging cameras to help with search and rescue operations and to keep firefighters safe in burning buildings.

Fire Chief Dave Dybdahl said most small departments are lucky to have a single camera.

With the addition of the three new cameras, all four of the department’s front line vehicles – two engines, a ladder truck, and the heavy rescue vehicle – will be equipped with thermal imagers.

Assistant Chief Matt Solemsaas said the thermal imaging cameras can be used when firefighters go into a building after a fire is extinguished to check for hot spots.

The cameras were purchased with money from the city of Morris and a donation from Carhill.