How a trip inside a volcano helped a San Francisco man create new firefighting technology

  • Source: KRON-TV 4 San Francisco
  • Published: 05/23/2019 12:00 AM

VIDEO: New cutting-edge technology to help firefighters and first responders was developed right here in the Bay Area. It's called "C-Thru" and it allows firefighters to see through thick smoke when battling fire -- and a man from San Francisco came up with the idea. The Menlo Park Fire Department has tried the technology and say it's a game changer. During testing, this technology shaved off minutes of their response time, and that could be the difference between life and death. Behind the technology -- a trip inside a volcano. “While we were inside this active volcano, our team of 60 folks as we were trying to navigate inside the volcano couldn't see where we were going and it presented a hazard,” said the man behind the technology, Sam Crossman. Inside that smoke-filled volcano nearly five years ago, Crossman realized a need to restore vision in high stress, hazardous conditions, not just for volcano explorers but also for firefighters, especially after his own scare last year at his Russian Hill home.


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