RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC (October 10, 2012) – When it comes to saving lives, every second counts. Now, with the help of a new handheld thermal imaging camera donated by Bayer CropScience, the Littlefield, Texas Volunteer Fire Department will be able to hone its searches during emergency situations, maximizing those precious seconds.
A thermal imaging camera is a tool used by firefighters that allows them to detect areas of heat through smoke, darkness or heat-permeable barriers. Bayer CropScience’s donation to the Littlefield Fire Department was announced Monday before a planned emergency practice drill. Bayer CropScience employees served dinner to the department’s firefighters before the drill.
“We are proud to support our local volunteer fire department,” said Randy McLarty, Littlefield, Texas site manager for Bayer CropScience. “Their dedication helps keep our community safe, and this camera will help them do their job even more efficiently.”
Thermal imaging devices are very effective tools for firefighters, as the technology allows them to see more clearly and detect lives in areas where dense smoke and fire make it difficult to see. However, the equipment is expensive, preventing many volunteer fire departments from obtaining it.
“This thermal imaging camera will be a huge asset to our department and ultimately the town of Littlefield,” said Jamie Grey, Littlefield Fire Department chief. “We are grateful to Bayer CropScience for this donation and their ongoing support.”
The Littlefield Volunteer Fire Department was established in 1924 and is the first responder for approximately 340 square miles of the Lamb County, Texas 911 response area. The department is staffed with one full-time paid professional fireman, certified by the Texas Commission of Fire Protection, and 16 volunteer fighters certified by the State Firemen's and Fire Marshals Association of Texas.
Making a difference in the communities where we live and work is not just a saying but a reality for the employees at Bayer CropScience. Every year, the company gives not only monetary donations but also the gift of time and volunteers to support these organizations’ efforts in their community outreach.
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