Franklin Fire District 3 received a thermal imaging camera Tuesday that is designed to help firefighters when responding to fires.
The district was able to pay for the camera with a $5,000 grant from Minnesota-based CHS Inc., an energy, grains and food company, according to a fire district news release.
CHS has grain storage and fuel operations in Franklin County.
The camera uses an infrared detector to create a detailed temperature pattern that is displayed on a four-inch screen.
Firefighters bring the camera into smoke-filled buildings and use it to look through walls for people or hidden fires.
The fire district has 35 firefighters and four emergency medical technicians who serve 7,168 residents in a 165 square-mile area north of Pasco and in the unincorporated "doughnut hole."