The Buckhead Coalition has brought together two nonprofit public safety oriented groups, The 300 Club and 500 For Life organization—to fund thermal imaging cameras for fire stations at 721 Phipps Boulevard (#3) and 4260 Northside Drive (#27).
With these contributions, all five Buckhead stations have the special hand-held technology that can be shared by fire rescue teams to see through smoke to find trapped victims and to avoid escape hazards.
“With our mission to nurture the quality of life of Buckhead, what could be more important than insuring against the loss of life?” said Coalition President Sam Massell.
The 300 Club assists fire and police personnel in the Atlanta area, and 500 For Life campaigns nationally for camera contributions.
“Thermal imagers have quickly become one of the most important pieces of equipment for any fire department,” explained Frank Buonanotte, founder of 500 For Life. “This equipment simply saves the lives of victims and firefighters. Studies have shown that when thermal imagers are used, the time required for a successful rescue drops by 75%. That’s an impressive statistic when you consider that every two and a half hours someone dies as a result of a fire,” he added.
In the past, the Buckhead Coalition and the 300 Club have partnered to provide thermal imaging helmets to Buckhead fire stations, but the cameras are now believed to be more efficient. The cameras, purchased from the E. D. Bullard Company, retail for $13,000 each.
The 300 Club of Atlanta was founded in December of 1991 with the express purpose of assisting the officers and families of fire fighters, police officers and first responders who are either disabled or killed in the line of duty.
Established in 2007, 500 For Life is a charitable organization dedicated to saving the lives of fire victims and firefighters by providing thermal imaging cameras to fire departments that do not have the funding available to purchase a sufficient supply. The organization has partnered with Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company’s Heritage Program, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and Bullard to ensure that those fire departments that need them most and can afford them the least, are the first to receive the life-saving devices. All donations made to 500 For Life are tax deductible under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code.