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Kennewick Fire Dept. gets thermal imaging cameras

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- The Kennewick Fire Department tested their new thermal imaging cameras Friday.

The new cameras can find heat sources in the dark. The technology makes it easier for firefighters to find a fire source as well as victims who may be hard to spot in dark smoky fire scenes.

The fire department got a one hundred fifty thousand dollar grant to get the cameras. Some firefighters call it the best technological advancement for firefighting in twenty-five years.

Training Captain, Matthew Worman, says it's very effective equipment. 

"With this camera here, we can easily see any potential victims or firefighters. It also gives us the ability to track down the seed of the fire much faster than we normally would if we're having to do a wall search," says Worman.

Captain Worman says the time saved by using these cameras to search for victims could likely save a life.