The City of Live Oak’s fire department has a new helper, a thermal imaging camera. It can be used on anything that produces heat. Firefighters say the camera's ability to detect body heat will be vital in victim recovery.
The camera reads up to 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Fire Chief Chad Croft says this new tool can save lives and taxpayers’ money. The thermal imaging camera cost the city nearly $10,000.
Chief Croft says the City of Live Oak Fire Department will occasionally loan the thermal imaging camera to the City of Live Oak Police Department. This could allow officers to track down fleeing suspects.