Eagle Attack for UK consortium
Published: 08 May, 2012
Scott Safety thermal imaging camera proves itself during rigorous trial.
Recognising recent improvements in thermal imaging camera design and capability, a consortium of North West Fire Services (made up of Lancashire, Merseyside, Cumbria, Cheshire and Greater Manchester Services) came together in a tender process to identify and purchase the latest thermal imaging equipment. Following a rigorous trialling process over a number of months, where a range of cameras were put through their paces in simulated and real situations, the Eagle Attack thermal imaging camera from Scott Safety was chosen.
Chris Waters, of Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service said: “Thermal imaging technology has advanced rapidly in recent years and we wanted to make sure that the services in the North West have access to up to date technology in order that we can provide the best service to the communities we serve. By coming together in this tender process, we have benefitted from sharing ideas and experience during the testing and evaluation process and have been able to implement cost-effective purchasing through economies of scale.
“We chose the Eagle Attack from Scott Safety because it suits our needs and met all of our criteria. The camera is not only portable and easy to use, but it is also lightweight with excellent picture quality and battery life. Scott Safety is located in the North West region so we are confident that ongoing service and maintenance issues can be dealt with easily and effectively.”
Over the years, the use and capability of thermal imaging cameras has expanded. Originally developed by the military for use in combat it was once an expensive technology with limited application in civilian situations. However, technological advancements have meant that these cameras now serve many other useful purposes but none is more important than those that help save lives.
The innovations in the design and production of the Eagle Attack have also brought real economies in the purchase price too, with fire services now able to afford at least one camera for each fire truck, which could lead to improved search and rescue outcomes.
Tony Pickett, Product Manager – Thermal Imaging, at Scott Safety, said: “Reliability, quality and performance cannot be compromised when it comes to finding cost-effective solutions to the critical needs of today’s emergency services and we are extremely excited about the development of this thermal imaging camera. Efficiency and convenience factors are what make the Eagle Attack imager unique. We’ve designed this innovation around what the customers have said they need rather than around what we think first responders may want and we are delighted that North West Fire Services have chosen the Eagle Attack.”