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TO <br />FROM: <br />DATE: <br />Village of Mount Prospect <br />Fire Department <br />INTEROFFICE MEMORANDUM <br />VILLAGE MANAGER MICHAEL E. JANONIS <br />FIRE CHIEF �___ <br />AUGUST 29, 2014 <br />SUBJECT: THERMAL IMAGING CAMERA REPLACEMENT <br />Request <br />The Fire Department is requesting Village Board approval to purchase four replacement <br />thermal imaging cameras. <br />Background <br />Thermal imaging cameras have become one of the most important tools in the fire <br />service in the last fifteen years. Thermal imaging cameras provide a heat -based <br />contrast between items that emit heat and their immediate surroundings. This contract, <br />helps personnel to locate victims and the seat of the fire in conditions with heavy, dense <br />smoke and/or little visibility. <br />The four proposed cameras will replace existing cameras on our front-line engines and <br />tower ladder. In addition to these cameras, the Department has four other units on the <br />three frontline ambulances and the reserve engine for a total of eight cameras. All of <br />our current cameras are Mine Safety Appliances, Co. (MSA) brand, one of the highest <br />performing cameras in the industry. The unanimous recommendation of our committee <br />members, for the purposes of consistency and quality, is to stay with MSA. MSA has <br />been the brand of choice since our first camera was donated to us in 1998 by Wal-Mart. <br />The reliability and durability of the brand has been remarkable, with little to no repairs <br />required beyond routine maintenance. In addition, consistency of this tool across all <br />units maximizes its operation. Having multiple camera brands has the potential to <br />create confusion and reduce efficiency during emergency incidents. <br />At this time, there are no thermal imaging cameras on state bid. Air One Equipment <br />from South Elgin has provided a quote of $33,000 for the purchase of four cameras and <br />is the sole supplier of MSA cameras in the Chicago metropolitan area (see attachment). <br />The last set of four MSA cameras the Department procured in 2012 were also <br />purchased from Air One Equipment, at a total cost of $31,180. <br />