The Kennewick Fire Department receives a grant for new equipment
KENNEWICK, Wash -
The Kennewick Fire Department receives a grant for new equipment. The Kennewick Fire Department is getting more than $150,000 in grant money for new gear.
$120,000 comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and $30,000 from the city. The money will buy 5 new thermal imaging cameras. The cameras help firefighters see people lost in the smoke and helps them track movement in a burning home to find a missing person.
Deputy Chief Marvin Leonard says the new camera helps find traces of people in the smoke, and helps firefighters track down a person faster. "Sensitivity is one degree variation. So literally if you with the new one if you put your hand on the counter and then remove your hand, it will show the signature of the hand print where the material has absorbed the heat from your body," said Leonard.
They're also getting 45 new sets of safety gear. The Kennewick Fire Department was selected out of thousands of applications for the grant.