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TVF&R unveils new water rescue boat that includes thermal-imaging cameras

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A local rescue team is getting a brand new boat that comes along with new technology including thermal-imaging cameras.

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue unveiled their new water rescue boat on Monday.

"Boat 59" is replacing a 17-year-old jet boat. The new boat can travel in a little as six inches of water with eight people onboard.

The most notable upgrade on the boat are FLIR thermal-imaging cameras. The cameras can detect body heat, allowing rescuers to see stranded swimmers or anyone else in the water, even in total darkness.

The cameras will send a live-feed to a display screen on board, potentially cutting rescue times significantly.

Last year alone, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue's water rescue team went on 60 calls. 

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