New thermal imaging cameras donated to Mandarin fire stations

Mandarin Rotary present 7 cameras at Fire Station 51

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Mandarin Rotary made a generous donation to the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department Wednesday morning.

Seven digital imaging cameras were presented to JFRD  at Fire Station 51 on Old St. Augustine Road.

The cameras will be used by five area fire stations.

The cameras, each priced at $8,000, have proven to be useful in locating occupants of smoke-filled buildings and children lost in wooded areas. They are designed to seek heat to identify people.

PHOTOS: New thermal imaging cameras donated to Mandarin fire stations

Chief Kurt Wilson gave Rotarians a tour of Fire State 51 at the event.

Wilson said JFRD had been using old analog cameras with parts that were not made anymore. When one of those cameras would break, it was unable to be fixed.

Wilson said the new donated cameras could save lives.

The effort was part of the Mandarin Rotary's Annual Fundraising Event, which was held in April this year, that had proceeds going to Mandarin fire stations.

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