High-performance equipment manufacturer, Avon Protection, announces Venari Group as its new distributor of thermal imaging cameras (TICs) for the UK fire market. The agreement will see Venari commence distributorship of Avon’s ‘argus’ range of TICs with immediate effect. The British-manufactured argus technology has been a pioneer within the British fire and rescue industry for three decades, having continually invested in R&D and product innovation. Its evolved ‘Mi-TIC’ unit is the smallest NFPA 1801-certified thermal imager for firefighting applications. Fire truck technology After launching into the fire market in early 2020 by industry stalwart Oliver North, Venari has already made a name for itself, having acquired the most established ambulance manufacturer, O&H Vehicle Technology. It has also been announced as the UK manufacturer of Ziegler Group’s technologically advanced range of firefighting vehicles – providing fire truck technology whilst wholly manufactured in Britain. Now, with the latest evolution in the Mi-TIC’s legacy, Venari will be tasked with spearheading customer care, sales and marketing for the UK fire and ambulance services, from its state-of-the-art, 60,000 sq. ft. emergency vehicle manufacturing facility. Providing an excellent platform Their passion for the Mi-TIC thermal imager completely mirrors that of our own which is an extremely exciting prospect" Avon Protection European Sales Director, Mark Ridsdale commented: “I’ve worked with many of the team at Venari in the past and very much look forward to working with them again. Their passion for the Mi-TIC thermal imager completely mirrors that of our own which is an extremely exciting prospect for the UK fire and rescue services.” “With our latest development of Mi-TIC, incorporating the IGNIS engine, it means our thermal imaging camera can provide absolute clarity to firefighters in the most demanding situations. For our TIC be supplied and backed up by Venari’s incredibly efficient team will provide an excellent platform for our market share to solidify its position as the UK market leader.” Hazardous area response teams Venari Group CEO, Oliver North, added: “Avon Protection’s world-class range of TICs has long been at the forefront of UK firefighting strategy. Alignment of Avon and Venari completely champions the importance and significance of strengthening UK manufactured products.” “Avon Protection is genuinely one of the most exciting companies I’ve had the privilege of working with in my career to-date, and continuation of our previously very dynamic partnership is one which I’m excited to re-ignite.” “I’ve previously had seven years of experience with the Mi-TIC, and I’m thrilled to represent it to its fullest potential in both the UK fire and rescue market as well as the ambulance market with hazardous area response teams (HART) teams. Many of the wider team at Venari are also experienced with the incredible Mi-TIC and wholeheartedly share my passion for the range.”
The latest addition to Avon Protection’s argus thermal imaging range, the Mi-TIC S, has passed all the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) requirements and is now certified compliant to the latest edition of NFPA 1801. The NFPA is the world’s leading advocate on fire prevention and an authoritative source on public safety. The NFPA 1801:2013 standard specifies design, performance, testing and certification requirements for thermal imaging cameras used by the fire service during emergency incident operations so fire fighters can be confident that there will be a usable thermal image when they need it most. Mark Ridsdale, Regional Sales Manager at Avon Protection, commented, “The Mi-TIC S is the lightest large screen camera ever developed and we are delighted it now has NFPA 1801 certification. The camera is already in service with many fire and rescue services, having been selected as the best tool for the job by scoring highly on image quality, image and video recording ability, its physical size and the way it easily integrates with firefighter PPE.” World’s smallest thermal imager Avon’s argus Mi-TIC S is the world’s smallest thermal imager to feature a large format, high resolution display for advanced firefighting applications. The camera provides a crystal clear image with a superb dynamic range: you can clearly view extremely high temperatures up to 1100ºC (2000ºF) and at the same time see very low temperature objects, which is ideal for casualty searches. Weighing approximately 870g (1lb 15oz) the argus Mi-TIC S is a small format thermal imager that can be easily and comfortably held in the palm of your hand. Unlike many thermal imagers, the argus Mi-TIC S design allows it to be worn in multiple ways – in the hand, inside a pocket, clipped outside a pocket, clipped to a lanyard or hung around the neck. With a thumb operated green on/off button and superb start up time of 5 seconds, the argus Mi-TIC S is simple to use, and the enhanced feature set includes a laser pointer to aid communication and an electronic compass for greater scene awareness.