Quench your thirst, save lives

Dr. Enuf, Lauré join forces to raise fund for purchase of thermal imaging cameras for Johnson City Fire Department JOHNSON CITY- When the Johnson City Fire department made a plea to the community for help, two local businesses were the first to volunteer.

Both Natural Springs Water Group, LLC, the bottler of Lauré Pristine Spring Water, and Tri-City Beverage Corp., bottler of Dr. Enuf, announced today that the companies will donate a portion of total beverage sales to the Thermal Imaging Fund. The fund was organized by the Johnson City Professional Firefighters Association to raise money to purchase three CairnsVIPER™ thermal imaging cameras. The cameras retail for about $16,500 each.

Each company will donate $1 per case of its beverage sold in Johnson City stores from today until May 20. Both beverages are available at convenience and grocery stores throughout Johnson City as well as both Wal-Mart and K-Mart.

Thermal-imaging cameras allow firefighters to see through the blaze to locate persons trapped inside the structure. Without the assistance of the cameras, firefighters are left to crawling through the flames on hands and knees, searching for those who’ve succumbed to the smoke and heat or are unable to yell for help.

“when I heard that the fire department wanted to purchase a thermal imaging camera that could save thousands of lives each year, I knew that Natural Springs Water Group needed to lend a hand,” said Bill Lizzio, vice president of the bottling company. If we can purchase just one camera and it saves just one life, it will al be more than worth it.”

In addition to allowing firefighters to find those trapped in burning buildings, the cameras also aid in the location of “hot spots” that can cause a seemingly extinguished blaze to re-ignite. The camera also pivots 180 degrees so that firefighters can, for example, peer around walls, under beds or up a chimney. The cameras can come in handy during water rescues too.

“As a father, I know that personally, I want my fire department to have the equipment necessary to rescue my child, or any child for that matter,” said Patrick Sturgill, a sales manager for Tri-City Beverage Corp. “We’re more than happy to help out and encourage our customers to get behind this very worthy cause.”

Anyone interested in making a donation directly to this fundraising effort can do so by sending a check to: Thermal Imaging Fund, Johnson City professional Firefighters association, PO Box 4540 CRS, Johnson City, TN 37602.