Firehouses go high-tech

by Joseph M. Giordano

Though they cannot be called “toys” – because they saves lives – some of the high-tech gadgets use by the Baltimore County Fire Department are pretty fun to handle. At Eastview Station 15, what could be called the coolest piece of modern firefighting gadgetry is actually turned on by heat. To demonstrate, Lt. Denny Dembeck held out a thermal imager and pointed it at the ceiling. “It tells you where the heat is coming from,” Dembeck said, motioning the black gadget at a heating duct. “It can pick up heat through the walls, too.”

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