The SAU also manages a twin engined fixed wing aircraft (known as “Firescan 350”) that is fitted with an infra-red
line scanner. Mounted in a Cessna 404 aircraft, the scanner is able to detect and record fire activity by sensing
infra-red radiation generated by the fire. The scanner also records background information such as terrain, streams
and roads, allowing pinpointing of fire edges, burnt areas and spotfires. As the scanner is able to "see" through
smoke, it has particular application where smoke or haze prevents mapping or intelligence gathering by other means.
Primary fire fighting applications for the scanner include: