Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Declan Barry, Vice Chairperson WMSAR, Patricia Valchuk, Technical Manager Antech, Darryl Barry, Chairperson WMSAR.

LOCAL meters company Antechstore.ie presented Waterford Marine Search & Rescue (WMSR) with a valuable piece of search and rescue technology – their next-generation Testo 865 Thermal Image Camera.

Thermal imaging equipment is being used in search and rescue operations for a number of reasons. They can read temperature measurement very easily and display temperature readings as an image or video to users, which is particularly useful when the search and rescue team can no longer see in darkness at night time or have low visibility. Thermal Imaging Drones have a lot of benefits in a Search & Rescue (SAR) application, with drones more ground can be covered quickly and easily. This means search areas can be ruled out quickly or can lead to people being rescued very quickly. It also is a much safer way of searching for missing people – where areas can be difficult to reach this removes some risks from the rescue teams.

Speaking at the presentation of the camera last Thursday at the WMSR base, Darryl Barry of WMSR said that he was delighted and “hugely appreciative of the donation”.

“On behalf of Waterford Marine Search and Rescue, I wish to sincerely thank Antech for their donation of this thermal imaging camera,” Darryl said. “This new equipment will be invaluable in improving our team’s ability to search for and rescue persons who have entered the water, especially in low-light and foggy situations.”

Dermot Harrington, Managing Director of AnechStore.ie told the Waterford News & Star that they were in awe of the work that WMSR do and were only too happy to help.

“The team at AntechStore.ie are delighted to show our appreciation for the selfless and courageous work that the volunteers of WMSAR do on a 24/7 basis. We hope that this instrument will help to save additional time and ultimately save lives,” Dermot said.

For more information on any of the Antech products, please visit www.antechstore.ie or call 051 392391. For further information on Waterford Marine Search and Rescue, please call 087 4148003, or visit their Facebook page.

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