Tactical Considerations Web Series: Ep. 12 - Thermal Imaging Limitations: Structural Stability
Jennifer Williams
August 14, 2018

In Episode 12, check out UL FSRI’s Keith Stakes as he 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 and also allow the ability to locate and monitor fire behavior within the 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 short comings.

Check out our project page for reports/online training to learn more about this Tactical Consideration:

Structural Stability of Engineered Lumber in Fire Conditions


This series of videos will bring you tactical considerations from firefighter research and will feature members of the UL FSRI team and Advisory Board.

A Tactical Consideration is an evidence based concept for the fire service to consider implementing into their department to enhance efficiency, effectiveness, and increase knowledge to accomplish their mission. With all of the measurements made during UL FSRI experiments as well as the vast experience of our project technical panels, several consistent themes have emerged that may be helpful to the fire service. Each of these themes is packaged as a tactical consideration with supporting text and visuals.

The application of tactical considerations depends upon many factors such as:

  • building structure and geometry
  • capabilities and resources available to the first responding fire department
  • availability of mutual aid

There is no silver bullet tactic for structure fires and these considerations are meant to increase the knowledge of the fire service and to be incorporated into training and procedures, if deemed applicable.

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UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute is dedicated to increasing firefighter knowledge to reduce injuries and deaths in the fire service and in the communities they serve.