New Gadgets Help Charlottesville Haz Mat Crew

By: Val Thompson Email
By: Val Thompson Email

April 25, 2013

The Charlottesville Fire Department Hazardous Materials crew is utilizing several types of new technology to make their job safer. They used FaceTime to help investigate a white power on Thursday.

But FaceTime is only the beginning.

Last week, the crew got a new iBorescope. It's a small camera attached to a moveable wire. It allows the camera to snake through vents, under doors, or around corners. The camera transmits the video back to an iPad.

"The technology that we've got in the past five years has made running haz mat calls much safer," said Frank Scopelliti. He has spent eight years as a haz mat technician with Charlottesville Fire.

The department also got a new fire truck last month that comes equipped with iPads and a flat-screen TV that can display the location of the call and directions to get there.

"It's made our job a lot easier," said Scopelliti. "Information is readily at our fingertips, as opposed to years back having to look at books to get information or maps.

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