In Episode 12, FSRI research engineer Keith Stakes discusses the identification of structural stability, one of the limitations of thermal imaging cameras:
Thermal imaging cameras are an important piece of technology used by firefighters to assist in search and rescue operations, locate fire and monitor fire behavior within a structure.
Like with any technology, thermal imagers have limitations. To be most effective, firefighters must be equally aware of the applicable uses as well as the shortcomings.
Go to Structural Stability of Engineered Lumber in Fire Conditions for easy access to reports and online training related to this tactical consideration.