Printer Friendly

MINNESOTA'S FIRST INFRARED SEARCH DEVICE PRESENTED TO GOV. CARLSON

   MINNESOTA'S FIRST INFRARED SEARCH DEVICE PRESENTED TO GOV. CARLSON
    ST. PAUL, Minn., Nov. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The state's first Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) system -- a device used in locating missing persons and criminals -- was presented today to Gov. Arne Carlson by Theodore Deikel, chairman and chief executive officer of Fingerhut Companies, Inc.  The FLIR fund drive, "Project Night Sight," was initiated by Deikel in October with a Fingerhut Companies Foundation matching grant of $60,000, representing half the cost of the FLIR system.  At that time, Deikel made a request to the public to match the donation.  "Project Night Sight" was supported by KSTP-TV through public service announcements and news programming designed to encourage public contributions.  Within one month, individual contributors together donated the additional $60,000 needed to purchase the system.
    The FLIR system, which is attached to the belly of a helicopter, includes a monitor mounted in the cockpit, and allows State Patrol pilots to locate persons during night searches through thermal imaging. The camera can detect specified ranges of temperatures, including body heat.
    "This is a perfect example of how private and public initiatives can efficiently and effectively work together to improve our standard of living," said Carlson.
    "FLIR allows us to take immediate action when a crisis develops," said Deikel.  "This effort demonstrates that Minnesotans are committed to protecting the safety of our citizens."
    The Minnesota State Patrol has been trying to purchase a FLIR since 1983, but the cost has been prohibited.
    "The FLIR will be instrumental in saving the lives of many Minnesotans," said Chief of Minnesota State Patrol Col. Anthony Kozojed. "The use of the FLIR would have been beneficial in almost every search, including the Jacob Wetterling abduction."
    According to state patrol officials, the FLIR system should ultimately provide substantial cost savings to taxpayers; the system's use will mean that fewer law enforcement personnel are needed to form and deploy search parties.
    Installation of the FLIR system has been contributed at no charge to the state by R.C. Avionics of St. Paul.  Installation will be completed in November 1991.
    -0-                     11/18/91
    /CONTACT:  Betty Bothereau of Fingerhut Companies, 612-936-5586; Kevin Burns of the Department of Public Safety, 612-296-8383; or Sally Rivard, 612-338-0901 of Rivard & LaBreche for Fingerhut/ CO:  Fingerhut ST:  Minnesota IN: SU: KH -- MN004 -- 1343 11/18/91 10:45 EST
COPYRIGHT 1991 PR Newswire Association LLC
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 1991 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Publication:PR Newswire
Date:Nov 18, 1991
Words:391
Previous Article:HEALTHCARE COMPARE REPORTS ADDITION OF MAJOR NEW CLIENTS
Next Article:MARY B. LEHMAN JOINS BANKERS TRUST AS HEAD OF DOMESTIC PRIVATE BANKING


Related Articles
MINNESOTA TRANSPORTATION ALLIANCE FILES COURT ACTION CHALLENGING GOVERNOR'S VETO ON TRANSFER OF MOTOR VEHICLE EXCISE TAXES
NFL COMES TO MINNESOTA FOR SOFTWARE Local Firm's Software Provides Play-by-Play
GOV. CARLSON AND POLARIS INDUSTRIES TO CELEBRATE PRODUCTION OF NEW PERSONAL WATERCRAFT
MINNESOTA WORLD TRADE CENTER CORPORATION ANNOUNCES INTENT FOR PRIVATIZATION
GOV. CARLSON KICKS OFF FORD TRUCK'S 1993 MODEL PRODUCTION
CHROMALINE PRESIDENT WINS GOVERNOR'S EXPORT AWARD
FIRST LADY TO RECEIVE HUMPRHEY AWARD FROM MARILYN CARLSON NELSON ON SEPT. 17
GOV. CARLSON PROMOTES MINNESOTA-ISRAEL HIGH TECH JOINT VENTURES DURING THREE DAYS OF MEETINGS IN ISRAEL
BIO Names Minnesota's Carlson 'Outstanding Governor of the Year'
Carlson Companies Selects iXmatch for Enterprise-wide Advanced Search and Analytics Applications.

Terms of use | Copyright © 2016 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters