Thermal Energy Helps Volunteers Fight Fires

Responding to fires and saving lives just got a bit easier for several Montgomery County volunteer fire departments.

The fire departments in Pike Road, Snowdoun, Waugh, Catoma, Pintlala, Rolling Hills and Montgomery received a thermal imaging device. It translates energy waves into a viewable image allowing firefighters to find victims faster.

"This saves time for the firefighters. It reduces the amount of risk they have to go through by crawling in a burning building looking for victims. It will also save victims' lives because instead of taking us 10 or 15 minutes to clear a room that's actually filled with smoke it'll take just a few minutes," said volunteer firefighter Jim Perry.

The devices were purchased by the Montgomery County Association of Volunteer Fire Departments.