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A helmet that guides firefighters through dense smoke.

HERE'S a helmet which the firefighters will certainly need at times of crises. It's a helmet which will enable the user to see through thick smoke by means of a thermal camera -- something that will make a firefighter's task much easier.

The helmet has been developed by Dehradun- based Instruments Research and Development Establishment ( IRDE), a laboratory of the Defence Research and Development Organisation.

The helmet weighs 2.2kg and it provides the user the thermal imagery by means of a camera fitted on the front. The helmet was developed on the request of Indian Navy.

Other than helping the firefighters, this helmet can be useful in medical tests like tracking breast cancer, or for tracking water leakage in a building. The thermal camera, when used for medical tests, shows the cancer- affected area of the body in dark colour.

IRDE joint director Jai Prakash Singh said, " It provides vision to firefighters through dense smoke and the hands- free approach makes it effective during fire- fighting as well as search and rescue operations. It can be used for medical test like breast cancer and also for finding leakage in the water supply pipe." The helmet has an advanced uncooled thermal imager, an OLED display with mechanical adjustable arm and a rechargeable battery pack. The rechargeable battery provides back- up for two hours.

The trial run of the helmet has been completed at the Nuclear Biological Chemical and Damage Control School ( INS Shivaji, Lonavala), and on board ships and submarines at the Western Naval Command.

By using the IRDE technology, a Hyderabad- based firm has supplied 20 such helmets to the National Disaster Response Force.

The helmet was displayed at the annual exhibition of the IRDE in Dehradun on Monday.

Helmet will make firefighters' task easier

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Date:May 13, 2015
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