Fayette Fire Foundation Chair Vicki Turner presents a check to the County Board of Commissioners and Fire Chief David Scarbrough to purchase thermal imaging cameras. (Staff Photo by Christopher Dunn

Fayette County Fire and Emergency Services will have another tool in their toolkit, thanks to the generosity of the Fayette Fire Foundation. At the June 13 County Board of Commissioners meeting, the county officially accepted a donation of $17,700 from the foundation in order to purchase additional thermal imaging cameras.

The budget included the funds to purchase five of the cameras, and the donation will enable the department to purchase an additional seven cameras, for a total of 12. Thermal imaging cameras aid in locating victims that are trapped, and they can also be used in night-time search and rescue, or in any other scenario involving heat/temperature variations.

Fayette Fire Foundation Chair Vicki Turner presented the check to the Board of Commissioner and Fire Chief David Scarbrough. 

“I always say, ‘What is more important than saving a life in our community,’” said Turner.