DEXTER, Mich. -

The Dexter Area Fire Department plans to purchase a thermal imaging camera with the help of a $10,000 donation from ITC Holdings Corp.

The department recognized the need for such a camera, which can help identify people trapped under debris, during its search-and-rescue efforts when a tornado tore through Dexter and destroyed nearly 300 properties in March.

“We are extremely grateful for ITC’s generous donation,” said Loren Yates, chief of the Dexter Area Fire Department. “A Thermal Imaging Camera is an extraordinary piece of safety equipment and will help us further our efforts to protect our citizens and our personnel responding to their needs. On behalf of the department, I want to extend our sincere thanks to ITC.”

A thermal imager displays different temperatures as different colors on a screen, allowing firefighters to "see" through smoke and find hot spots of fires.