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Thermal Imager Helmet Donated by Bentley College to Waltham Fire Department

May 19, 1998

Waltham, Mass.-Thick smoke, fog and darkness can prevent firefighters from finding potential victims trapped in a burning home, office or college dorm. To help save lives in the City of Waltham, Bentley College recently donated a CairnsIRIS Thermal Imager to the Waltham Fire Department. The hands-free, chip technology-based imaging system enables firefighters to search and rescue faster by enabling them to see heat sources from a safe distance. Infrared technology immediately detects body heat, vapor clouds from spills, and smoldering fires in walls, wiring, electric panels, computer cables, below floors or in ceilings.

The helmet was presented at the annual City of Waltham-Bentley College dinner held recently in Bentley's Adamian Graduate Center. "I've been in fires where we couldn't see our arms in front of our faces," said Waltham Fire Chief Tim Keough. "This piece of equipment will allow us to save the lives of our citizens and firefighters." Chief Keough (in photo, left) accepted the gift accompanied by Deputy Chief Rick Cardillo (second from left) and Mayor William F. Stanley (second from right). Making the presentation were Bentley's Bob Barnett, Associate Vice-President of Administrative Services (holding helmet), Gene Mastro, director of Life Safety Services (to Barnett's left) and President Joe Morone.

BENTLEY UNIVERSITY is one of the nation’s leading business schools, dedicated to preparing a new kind of business leader – one with the deep technical skills, broad global perspective, and high ethical standards required to make a difference in an ever-changing world. Our rich, diverse arts and sciences program, combined with an advanced business curriculum, prepares informed professionals who make an impact in their chosen fields. Located on a classic New England campus minutes from Boston, Bentley is a dynamic community of leaders, scholars and creative thinkers. The Graduate School emphasizes the impact of technology on business practice, in offerings that include MBA and Master of Science programs, PhD programs in accountancy and in business, and customized executive education programs. The university enrolls approximately 4,100 full-time undergraduate, 140 adult part-time undergraduate, 1,430 graduate, and 43 doctoral students. Bentley is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; and the European Quality Improvement System, which benchmarks quality in management and business education. For more information, please visit

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