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PRESS RELEASE - Avon Protection Announces NFPA 1801:2021 Compliance

Date: 08 June 2021



MELKSHAM, U.K. (9 June 2021) – Avon Protection, the leading global provider of life-critical respiratory and CBRN protection systems, announces that its argus range of thermal imaging cameras has been certified by third-party accrediting body SEI to levels set forth in the 2021 edition of National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1801, Standard on Thermal Imagers for the Fire Service. The argus range includes the Mi-TIC E, Mi-TIC E L, Mi-TIC 320 and Mi-TIC S models. Once again, Avon Protection offers the largest, most diverse, lightweight range of NFPA-compliant thermal imaging cameras.

The 2021 edition of NFPA 1801 is the latest edition of the standard. First published in 2013 and again in 2018, the standard defines minimum performance requirements for sophisticated thermal imaging equipment and is adopted throughout the world. While there are no physical changes to the Mi-TIC cameras as a result of the latest edition, the most notable changes are specific to testing requirements and software. Those include spot temperature measurement moving from “TI BASIC” to “TI BASIC PLUS,” updated test matrices for both stand-alone and integrated thermal imagers, an amended spacial resolution source target used for testing, and a revised region of interest figure used for testing.

Certification by SEI to the NFPA 1801:2021 standard still includes the IGNIS Engine technology in all Mi-TIC models that was originally introduced in the 2018 edition. The IGNIS Engine, along with its sensor and lens improvements, provides unrivalled scene detail, enabling firefighters to see more of the important background details such as exit points, obstacles and casualties, even in the presence of a fully developed fire.

Commenting on the approvals, Tom Williams, category manager for Thermal Imaging, said, “We are very excited to continue building on to our over 40-year legacy of designing and manufacturing state-of-the-art thermal imaging cameras that allow firefighters to operate safely in the most demanding and dangerous of environments.”

The combination of certification by SEI to the NFPA 1801:2021 standard along with the IGNIS Engine maintains Avon Protection’s position as a leading global supplier of thermal imagers.