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Council approves thermal camera purchase for Fire Department

September 10, 2013

in Local

By Kyle Siegel
Staff writer

In a brief Sedalia City Council meeting Sept. 3, the council approved several ordinances and accepted a bid for the purchase of a thermal imaging camera to be used by the Sedalia Fire Department.

The council approved a bid from Kenco Fire Equipment of Springfield, Missouri for the purchase of a FLIR Model K-50 TIC thermal imaging camera to be used on the new aerial truck for the SFD. The bid for the equipment came in at $5,392. This was the lowest bid and the piece of equipment was recommended by officials with the SFD.

Sedalia Fire Department Deputy Chief Greg Harrell was asked to explain some of the uses of this equipment.

“It uses infrared technology. We currently have two cameras on two of our trucks, but we are required to have one on each of our trucks. It uses a heat signature and you point in at a target area. The screen shows in different colors and shades of black depending on the mode you use it in.

“You could use it in a room full of smoke and you could look for a person. It can also be used to look for hotspots inside walls and attics. It is a useful piece of equipment,” Deputy Chief Harrell said.

The first thermal imaging cameras used by the SFD were put into service about 20 years ago.

“The first ones we used were 20 years ago. The ones we currently use are second generation ones. The ones we use currently are about 10 years old. The cost of those has gone incredibly over the years,” Harrell said.

The purchasing of all equipment for use with the new aerial truck was already approved by council with the Fund 15.

In other council news, the City of Sedalia was approved once again for the Tree Resource Improvement and Maintenance (TRIM) Grant. The grant is in the amount of $10,000 and comes from the Missouri Department of Conservation.

The purpose of the grant is to undertake a tree resource improvement and maintenance program to inventory approximately 1,800 trees according to city staff.

In order for the City of Sedalia to receive the grant, they had to enter into an agreement with the Missouri Department of Conservation.

The council also reviewed and approved a resolution to authorize an application to the Missouri Board on Geographic names. The application was to request a name change from Sewer Branch back to the original name of the Pearl River. If the application is approved, the City of Sedalia will authorize the name change.

During the meeting, the council approved a change order from Duke’s Root Control in the amount of $883.06 for a city root control project. Several ten inch and twelve inch pipes were inaccessible and replaced with eight inch pipes. This approval changed the amount of the contracted price to $16,561.06. This amount is below the $25,000 that was budgeted for the project.

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