The Rotary Club of Brookhaven presented DeKalb County Fire Rescue Station 2, located on Dresden Drive, a check for $7,880 on July 22 to purchase a thermal imaging camera that will assist firefighters in saving lives and buildings.

Fourteen DeKalb Fire Rescue Department representatives attended the Rotary Club’s weekly meeting at the Capital City Club in Brookhaven to receive the check.

The camera is a multipurpose tool to keep firefighters safe when engaged with structural fires. The camera locates hidden fires in high smoke conditions, brings awareness of temperature conditions to prevent a flash-over and confirms a fire is contained.

Thermal imaging cameras are used widely for fighting fires and can detect heat through body temperature or hot spots in a structure. They can assist in:

• Locating children and pets afraid and hiding during a fire.

• Locating injured firefighters trapped in a structure on fire.

• Verifying the source of smoke or fire.

• Protecting firefighters against potential flash-over in advancing fires.

• Verifying a fire is extinguished.

The Rotary Club of Brookhaven raised the funds by hosting 5K fun-run fundraisers at Oglethorpe University. The donation was made possible through the support of the community and individual Rotary Club members.

“The Rotary Club of Brookhaven is very honored to provide this local support to DeKalb County Fire Rescue and appreciates the support from the community that helped to make this contribution possible,” said Keith Cox, the president of the Rotary Club of Brookhaven.

Explaining the importance of the gift to Station 2, Battalion Chief Garret Smith said: “It is providing us with a valuable piece of equipment used in emergency response, vital to our safety and also to the safety of residents when we respond to structure fires. It gives us the means of quickly locating victims and also (enhances) our personal safety in terms of entering the structure and being able to see where we are going in cases where visibility is often very poor.”

— John Schaffner