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White Lake Fire Department purchases $5.9K thermal camera

WHITE LAKE -- The White Lake Fire Department is the proud new owner of a thermal imaging camera. Thanks to a $3,500 grant from the Central Electric Operation RoundUP program, the department was recently able to purchase the $5,900 camera, which d...

(Submitted photo)
(Submitted photo)

WHITE LAKE - The White Lake Fire Department is the proud new owner of a thermal imaging camera.

Thanks to a $3,500 grant from the Central Electric Operation RoundUP program, the department was recently able to purchase the $5,900 camera, which detects heat and assists firefighters in finding hot spots in a home and people, animals or objects in a smoke-filled room.

"It allows you to detect fire in a wall, for example, if smoke is coming out of a house and you can't see the flames," White Lake Fire Chief Matt Doering said.

The camera also stores photos and videos to be submitted for insurance documentation.

The White Lake Fire Department has had to borrow the Plankinton Fire Department's thermal camera in the past, but now will be able to shave minutes off of its response time with the necessary equipment readily available.

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Operation RoundUp is a voluntary program through Central Electric Cooperative where members' electric bills are rounded up to the nearest dollar. The cents flow into a charitable fund to make a direct impact in the communities of Central Electric members.

Central Electric Cooperative provides power to Aurora, Brule, Buffalo, Jerauld, Sanborn, Miner, Hanson and Davison counties.

Volunteer Firemen Ross Kieffer, Scott Moeller, Wyatt Krumvieda, Tad McCord, Dale Steffen, Randy Olivier, Chief Matt Doering, John Falk, Operation RoundUp Board Chairman Scott Kolousek, Central Electric Director Jim Headley, Central Electric General Manager Ken Schlimgen. (Submitted photo)
Volunteer Firemen Ross Kieffer, Scott Moeller, Wyatt Krumvieda, Tad McCord, Dale Steffen, Randy Olivier, Chief Matt Doering, John Falk, Operation RoundUp Board Chairman Scott Kolousek, Central Electric Director Jim Headley, Central Electric General Manager Ken Schlimgen. (Submitted photo)

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