Newton Fire/EMS has received a grant from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation to purchase new thermal imaging cameras.

The $17,595 grant will fund four new thermal imaging cameras, which allow firefighters to “see” through smoke and darkness to identify hot spots in a structure fire or see the heat signature of a hidden victim.

The new equipment will replace the department’s first-generation thermal imaging cameras, some of which are more than 10 years old and can no longer be repaired by the manufacturer. The new models are much lighter and more portable.

Division Chief Cory Lehman said replacing the thermal imaging equipment had been identified by department staff as a high priority during their annual needs assessment.

The grant comes from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, founded by Firehouse Subs with the mission of providing funding, lequipment, and educational opportunities to first-responders and public safety organizations.