Tactical Thermal Imaging Purchasing Implementation Criteria Training Program


Insight Training will offer the following program customized to the department’s specific request(s). Based on the top three choices submitted to Insight Training for thermal imaging cameras testing, Insight Training will offer a presentation explaining the advantages and disadvantages of each TIC in a classroom session 2.5 hours in duration. Once the classroom session is completed, the students will be informed of their expectations, provided a lesson plan grading matrix, and escorted through a series of objective based evolutions. They will then grade each TIC during a Max Fire Box or Live Fire Demonstration or combination of both; dependent upon availability of these resources.

Field of View:

Each student will view the difference in changing their Field of View and how this can benefit their tactics (standard grip versus horizontal, too close/too far). Students will then observe the difference in a wider field of view. They will be shown how to properly scan a room and use each TIC comparatively to make a fair assessment. Targets will be staged for the students viewing during the training. The three TIC’s will be compared and graded accordingly.

Understanding Temperature Modes:

Each Student will perform a scan with their respective Thermal Imaging Camera and notice the difference from High Sensitivity to Low Sensitivity. A target of over 300 degrees will be needed for this scenario. Students will observe the difference in detail that High Sensitivity makes in discernible details such as identifying victims, downed firefighters, and egress points. Each TIC will be viewed and compared to see which produces a better and more discernible image in high sensitivity and low sensitivity.

Resolution: The students will be scanning the fire environment at three preset distances and note the difference in the resolution in their respective TIC’s and how this can affect their decision-making process. A victim or downed firefighter will be placed within their field of view. The ability to see the victim at preset distances will show the effective range of the TIC and the value of high resolution versus low resolution. This can also be viewed during the Tactical 360 when firefighters can stand at varying distances from the target and compare the heat signatures that are seen and NOT see by certain TIC’s. Each student will grade the resolution of the TIC based on their ability to identify several targets at preset distances.

Thermal Layer: Each participant will be shown how to identify the thermal layer, understand its importance, and then will grade the ease of identification in each TIC that they test. This test will be done in high and low sensitivity. The participants will grade the performance of the TIC as the fire progresses. As shown in the lower image (older TIC), there is a tremendous difference in the detail and clarity in newer thermal imaging cameras when identifying the thermal layer. The participants will provide feedback on when it was first noticeable, how easy it was for them to identify, and which camera provided greater detail in regard to danger to the victim, their contents, and towards firefighter thermal insult.

Convection Currents: Each participant will be shown how to identify convection currents. They will then grade the ease of identification of the convection currents based on each TIC that they test.

Participants will provide feedback on which camera showed convection currents with more clarity and detail in their assessment form.

Emissivity Demonstration:

A shiny metal object will be placed in close proximity of the fire room and the students will be shown how to interpret the image and differentiate from a reflection and a true heat source. (glass door, stainless fridge, shiny floors etc.). As they move toward the target the reflection will move (angle in or angle out) where a true heat source will not. As shown in this image with the Max Fire Box, firefighters can also clearly see that the spot temperature is not accurate due to the reflective surface of the diamond plating. Some recommendations for this drill include having a framed window stand in the smoke environment and allowing a firefighter to go behind it shows that the TIC cannot “see” through low emissivity glass. Insight Training can custom build demonstrations to better suit the host organizations needs in order to ensure understanding and comprehension.

Thermal Sensitivity Demonstration:
During the course of the demonstration, participants will be asked to grade how well they can see the items within the Max Fire Box or Live Fire Environment as the fire conditions change from incipient, to growth, flash-over, fully developed, and decay. They will also be asked to grade how easy it is to identify the items in high sensitivity versus low sensitivity.

This training program will require the following:

  • Three of each brand Thermal Imaging Cameras for testing, charging stations, and batteries. Insight Training LLC will bring numerous thermal imaging cameras for our usage & demonstrations. Our TIC’s will record, and any recordings will be provided back to the host organization once payment has been received.

* Approved Live Fire Training Facility with SCBA’s for Insight Training Instructors. Rescue Mannequin with SCBA, all NFPA 1403 requirements must be met by the host organization.

  • An outside area for burn demonstrations with a burn barrel, room for the Max Fire Box Demonstration.
  • For an additional fee Student Manuals can be made and printed but Insight Training LLC must be given 60 days’ notice in order to produce/print these manuals.

* Insight Training can assist with contacting vendors at the host organizations request but must be given adequate notice in order to ensure the proper number and models of thermal imaging cameras are available for the training.

The host organization will receive the following:

  • A customized PowerPoint presentation and lesson plan tailored to their specific models of TIC’s, time constraints, and policies & procedures.
  • A drop box folder, google drive, or flash drive set up for the host organizations additional learning and training needs with additional resources provided.


  • The total cost of the training per day is $2000 which includes two Insight Training Instructors.


  • Please contact us if you have any further questions and you can find any of our resources at the following social media platforms:

Twitter @KTFBurnsDC
Instagram: @TrainingInsight
Facebook: Instructor Andy Starnes
YouTube: Insight Training LLC

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