Albuquerque firefighters get more tools to help save lives

Albuquerque firefighters now have three more thermal imaging cameras

Albuquerque, N.M. —

It can help save your life.

Albuquerque firefighters now have three more thermal imaging cameras.

They may be small, but their impact is huge.

“It could be the matter of finding someone that needs to be found and a matter of life and death,” said Albuquerque Fire Rescue Lt. Tom Ruiz.

Thermal imaging cameras pick up heat signatures and help firefighters see through smoke, darkness and other barriers.

“Even though it’s light out, you can see the difference between their body temperature and the ambient air around them,” said Ruiz.

Albuquerque firefighters use the cameras almost every day.

They are used for fires in homes and other buildings, allowing firefighters to spot fires that can’t be seen with the naked eye, and even aid in hiker rescues.

The cameras are also used for car crashes. They can help spot someone who has either been trapped inside a car or thrown from a car.

“It’s a vital tool and it’s one more way we can save lives and protect people in our city,” said Ruiz.

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