La Vergne Fire Department gets new equipment to help with rescues

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LA VERGENE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The La Vergne Fire Department says its goal is to be the best department in the state in just a few years.

It now believes a new purchase will help make that happen. The department now has state-of-the-art thermal imaging cameras.

They’re worn as masks and detect heat and hazardous gases.

“It will make a rescue much quicker. He has that view right there and he can scan with his head rather than using an apparatus like this, where I have to use my hand and use my body. He has that view right in front of him,” explained Mike Culberson, the La Vergne assistant fire chief.

The masks also free-up the firefighters’ hands in critical situations and can be used for car crashes, fires and other rescues.

The department has nine thermal masks so far. They hope to add about 30 more next year.