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At left are pictures from a thermal imaging camera. At right is a thermal imaging camera firefighters will use when they respond to a fire.

NORTH ATTLEBORO — The fire department now has six new thermal imaging cameras thanks to a federal grant.

Fire Chief Chris Coleman said the cameras replace old, outdated devices.

The high-tech equipment was paid for with a $49,000 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters program.

The town put up 10 percent of the money for a total cost of about $54,000, according to the chief.

Thermal imaging cameras help firefighters see through smoke and find trapped occupants inside burning homes.

They also detect flames behind walls or other areas not easily visible, which can stop fires from spreading.

The devices can also let firefighters know the temperature of the fire, Coleman said.

David Linton may be reached at 508-236-0338.

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