Handheld thermal imagers work by creating a virtual display showing the heat signatures of objects in the field of view. These devices can provide responders with a covert method of surveillance, providing a tactical advantage at night.
The Needs and Requirements Report and Assessment Report on Handheld Thermal Imaging Devices for Law Enforcement (2007) are limited distribution documents, and are available in the SAVER Community on First Responder Communities of Practice (FRCoP).
Find this project in the FEMA Authorized Equipment List and InterAgency Board Interactive Standardized Equipment List.
AEL Category, Title, Number, and Project:
AEL Category: 03. CBRNE Operational and Search and Rescue Equipment
AEL Title: Optics, Thermal Imaging and/or Light Amplification
AEL Number: 03OE-02-TILA
SAVER Project: Handheld Thermal Imagers