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Posted at 4:53 PM, Mar 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-02 16:53:53-05

DELHI TOWNSHIP – The Delhi Township Fire Department is one of two local fire departments that will be able to use a new high tech camera that can help find hard-to-detect trapped victims in buildings.

The township has received two of four $5,000 thermal imaging cameras donated by Dart Container Corporation. The cameras were presented to the Delhi Township Board of Trustees at its March 1 meeting. The Mason Fire Department received the other two cameras.

The handheld devices can detect heat energy through smoke, walls and doors and help firefighters locate dangerous hot spots and trapped victims. The cameras have the capability to zoom and freeze images and capture video.

“This technology is amazing,” Delhi Township Fire Department Chief Brian Ball said. “Not only will our firefighters be able to help save more lives and property with the help of the cameras, but they will be able to do it safely.”

Ball and township officials said they are grateful to Dart for its continued support of the community and emphasis on safety.

Dart, whose roots in the area date back to 1937, also helps fire departments hold training exercises and has contributed manpower and equipment to help with emergency responses.

“Dart Container has remained committed to mid-Michigan since its founding, and we are pleased to support our local emergency responders and provide them with the tools they need to make our community as safe as possible,” Dart President Jim Lammers said.

Dart is a leading manufacturer of quality single-use foodservice packaging solutions and employs 1,800 employees in mid-Michigan and 15,000 worldwide.

CONTACT: Will Kangas, Delhi Township Community Outreach Coordinator at (517) 268-3011.