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Thermal Imaging Research Needs for First Responders: Workshop Proceedings.

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Amon, F. K.; Bryner, N. P.; Hamins, A.

NIST SP 1040; NIST Special Publication 1040; June 2005.

Thermal Imaging Research Needs for First Responders: Workshop Proceedings. December 9-10, 2004, Gaithersburg, MD, 70 pp, 2005.


thermal imaging; first responders; evaluation; heat detection; fire fighting; infrared camera; focal plane array; performance metrics


This workshop provided a forum to discuss the strategies, technologies, procedures, best practices, research, and development that can significantly improve thermal imaging technology for the first responder community. The goal of the workshop was to identify barriers that impede advances in the application of thermal imaging technology to emergency response. The program included experts from the first responder community, thermal imaging camera and component manufacturers, fire fighter trainers, and those doing research on thermal imaging, speaking on today's safety challenges. After hearing presentations, the workshop divided into three breakout sessions to discuss the following four questions: What technological advances are needed? What are the research needs for first responders? What performance metrics are needed and how do they differ from current methods? What standards are needed? The results of each groups' deliberations were discussed when the full workshop reconvened. The responses from each group were coalesced and listed so that attendees could vote on the issues that they felt were most important. Attendees were grouped by their affiliation with industry or the first responder community. The combination of issues that relate to image quality (a collection of research, performance metrics, and standards needs) was voted to be the most important topic overall, and the most important subject for industry representatives. The development of camera durability (or ruggedness) metrics and standard testing methods was the second-most important subject overall, and the second-most important subject for industry representatives. Training and certification for personnel, and human factor/dynamics/ergonomic research were the first and second-most important topics for first responders.

Selected Papers

Workshop Goals and Logistics. Appendix 3.A.
Hamins, A. Ideal Thermal Imager for the Fire Service: A Fire Chief's Perspective. Appendix 3.B.
Varner, B. IAFC Partners With the National Institute of Standards and Technology to Improve Thermal Imaging. Appendix 3.C.
Duggan, B. Wide-Angle View From a First Responder. Appendix 3.D.
Athana, B. Perspectives From TIC Manufacturers.
Konsin, L. Perspectives From a Detector Manufacturer. Appendix 3.F.
McCaffrey, T. NRL Thermal Imaging Review. Appendix 3.G.
Farley, J. P. Standards Development Procedures. Appendix 3.H.
Clausing, T. Overview of NIST Efforts to Support Fire Fighter Technologies. Appendix 3.I.
Bryner, N. P. Overview of NIST Thermal Imager Project. Appendix 3.J.
Amon, F. K. Testing Spectral Responsivity of IR Cameras. Appendix 3.K.
Rice, J.