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Plane with infrared technology helps with SAR ops

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CODY, Wyo. (AP) — The Park County Sheriff's Office now has access to a Wyoming Civil Air Patrol plane that's equipped with infrared technology to help crews during search-and-rescue operations.

The plane, based in Jackson, uses imaging technology that senses infrared radiation typically emitted from a heat source and displays it on a video screen. The cameras can be used to help pilots and drivers steer their vehicles at night and in fog, or to detect warm objects against a cooler background.

Sheriff Scott Steward says the technology could mean the difference between life and death because infrared radiation sources such as body heat can be detected in complete darkness, meaning SAR operations can continue after sunset.

Another Civil Air Patrol plane with the same technology is based in Casper.

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