South Australian Country Fire Service Promotions Unit

Raising awareness of the roles, training and activities of CFS Volunteers state-wide


Thermal Imaging Camera

Heat Sensing Equipment

A Structural Thermal Camera

A Thermal Imaging Camera - often referred to as a TIC - is a device used by Emergency Services to detect differences in temperature of a selected area. This may be hot spots in walls at structure fires, fires burning underground at rural fires, through to location of casualties at incidents.

The CFS have many of these cameras now located around the State to ensure hot spots / hidden fires at scenes can be identified and extinguished. There are two models used in the CFS, one is a structural and the other a rural type with different capabilies for the conditions encountered.

A Thermal Camera used to discover hotspots
A Thermal Camera in use at a Scrub fire

Photographs on this page taken by Ashley Hosking, CFS Promotions Unit and Goolwa CFS