Sharing a Life-saving Tool in a Fire: How Blackview BV6600 Pro FLIR Phone Helps Me as a Fireman

In the middle of February this year, I bought a Blackview BV6600 Pro on the Blackview official website because my old smartphone can’t survive the rough environment where I worked as a firefighter. I was first attracted to the BV6600 Pro because it says it can work under high temperature, let alone its outstanding resistance to drops, water, shock and other daily abuse. BV6600 Pro did manage to withstand all the severe tests from my daily work life, like accidental drops from high places, water submersion, muddy puddles or dust, but the only thing that I haven’t tested is its thermal imaging camera powered by FLIR® thermal imaging technology until last week when I tried to rescue people from a smoky fire.

It was an early morning on Wednesday when I just got to the fire station. The alarm bell rang, and I knew we were going to save lives. On the way to the scene of a fire, my colleagues and I learned that the fire first occurred in a storehouse of a residential area, and it has caused a family to be trapped inside the second floor of their house. When we got to the scene, our fire lieutenant ordered five of us, including me, to rescue people on the second floor while the rest went to the storehouse to put out the fire.

See through Smoke on a Fire Scene: Thermal Imaging Camera

No sooner did we reach the second floor than I heard cries for help. But the house was filled with so much smoke that we could barely see anyone or anything inside. And the flame on the entrance of the living room was growing higher and blocked our way toward the inside. So we immediately used our fire extinguisher to put out the blaze.

About five minutes later, we partly controlled the fire and were able to go inside. However, the smoke was twice as much as when we arrived. Then we were calling the people inside while searching for them, but no one answered back. We all became a bit agitated because we were afraid that those people would be poisoned by carbon monoxide to death due to excessive smoke inhalation before we could find them.

It was at that exact moment I suddenly remembered that I have a thermal imaging camera on my BV6600 Pro. I took it out from my pocket and scanned the scene. Soon, I detected a man lying on the floor by the window of a bedroom. He was unconscious. I instantly passed my BV6600 Pro to my teammates and carried the man out of the house. Within half an hour, we successfully rescued the whole family from the house.

Find out the Fire Source: Thermal Imaging Camera

Then we joined the other team that was putting out the fire in the storehouse. I heard that the team had worked for nearly an hour but they just couldn’t extinguish the fire. I took out my BV6600 Pro and scanned the fire scene in the storehouse and I detected that the left side is much hotter than the right side.

So I told our lieutenant that the fire source may be on the left side of the storehouse, and I suggested that we should focus the water on the left side. After a thoughtful consideration, our lieutenant decided to follow my advice. Luckily, within half an hour, the fire in the storehouse was completely extinguished.

Detect Unnoticed Small Fire: Thermal Imaging Camera

Before we left the scene, our lieutenant ordered us to check the whole place to see whether there were any remaining unnoticed small fires going on. I trusted the BV6600 Pro more than my own eyes, so I turned on the thermal imaging camera on the phone again. Unexpectedly, I found that an area around the burned refrigerator in the kitchen had a higher temperature than its surrounding environment but when I looked at it with my own eyes there was no fire at all. I gathered all my teammates and removed the refrigerator, then we found a lighter was burning on the ground only causing fire too small to be noticed. We also found several similar situations in the house with BV6600 Pro.

After the fire rescuing operation, my teammates and lieutenant all extolled the smart maneuver of using BV6600 Pro to see through the smoke to save lives in time and to detect the fire source. That’s when I knew how important the Blackview BV6600 Pro was to us as firefighters. Some may argue, “Aren’t firefighters all equipped with a professional thermal imaging camera?” The answer is a big No! A professional thermal imaging camera can cost about 400 dollars or more, which is far more pricey for every fire station to equip each of their firemen with one. This is especially not practical for a fire station like ours in a poor village of South Africa.

In contrast, my Blackview BV6600 Pro with FLIR®-powered thermal imaging camera only costs 279.99$ dollar. But the BV6600 Pro is not just a thermal imaging camera, but also a decent smartphone with cutting-edge design. For example, it is shipped with an 8580 mega battery that can ensure itself to survive for several days between charges in the case of moderate users. It also supports reverse charging, turning itself into a power bank to juice up your or your friends’ electrical devices. And that’s not all, to enhance the efficiency of charging, BV6600 Pro offers 18W fast charging that will respond rapidly to any of your urgent needs to use it.

But don’t forget BV6600 Pro is also a rugged phone that is built to take a beating with waterproof and dustproof certifications like IP68 and IP69K as well as dropproof display manufactured with Dragontrail Glass.

All in all, as a firefighter, I feel lucky to have a BV6600 Pro since it can almost be considered as a life-saving tool for all the firemen in our fire station. And now my colleagues are all asking me about where to buy a BV6600 Pro. So I just wanted to recommend this phone to anyone who needs it. If you are interested as my colleagues did, please check out Blackview official website to learn more information or may order one for yourself or your loving friends.

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