Why firefighters continue to choose FLIR thermal imaging equipment

In March 2013, FLIR released its first FLIR K-Series thermal imaging cameras (TICs) for firefighting applications. In the proceeding 10 years, FLIR has proven its K-Series TICs are the market leader for good reason. 

With more than 50 years of thermal imaging innovation, FLIR has the experience and capability to produce highly reliable products that meet user expectations for advanced technology, robustness that can withstand harsh sites, and ease of use.

Why FLIR is the Top Choice for Firefighters


FLIR K-Series TICs produce clear images—even in the heat of the fire—and offer the temperature accuracy firefighters need to proceed safely.

FLIR TICs are not only capable of helping firefighters navigate through smoke: they also can accurately identify areas that are hotter than their surroundings. And since simple, reliable equipment is essential at firefighting sites, FLIR K-Series cameras display temperature information in a three-colors palette: red, orange, and yellow.

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This simplified, three-color format makes it easy for firefighters to judge the danger level quickly and accurately, especially since much of the protective equipment used by firefighters is more likely to be damaged at temperatures above 450°C.

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Fire scenes require rugged cameras that can be used in harsh environments. FLIR's K series thermal imagers are designed and durable tested to meet demanding operating conditions. Whether the cameras are dropped from a height into a collapsing building, surrounded by dust or water, or used amid fire burning up to 260°C (500°F), FLIR K-Series TICs will continue to function, ensuring fire crews can get the job done safely.

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A complicated TIC would be impossible to use at a fire scene. Cameras that offer the simplicity of a pistol-grip format and buttons that are easily operated with one gloved hand can help firefighters work safely.


But usability requires more than the right form factor: features such as screen resolution, field of view, batteries, and more are also important.

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And to learn more about improving situational awareness, speeding search and rescue operations, and monitoring fires with drone surveillance, check out our main handheld and aerial firefighting page.


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