Product SearchCam Mongoose

The SearchCam Mongoose is a small, compact video inspection camera used for victim extraction.  Rescue workers rely on this entry-level, lightweight camera to locate victims in structural collapse, breaching and vehicle extrication operations.  Technical rescuers who require a good quality camera for quick searches choose the SearchCam Mongoose.  The Camera is also available as an accessory configuration to the SearchCam 2000.

"We’re part of a State USAR team.  We talked to other FEMA and state USAR team members when deciding which camera to purchase.  The Searchcam 2000 seemed to be the standard and what was recommended.  We bought the equipment based on the standard for the FEMA teams, relying on the word of the people who are using it most often. The Searchcam 2000 works great on top of the rubble and feeds down through the voids. We wanted more versatility and maneuverability so we bought the Recon II and the Mongoose.  Once physically inside the collapsed voids, we needed a smaller camera.  The Recon and Mongoose work great while inside the tighter void spaces."
-- Frank Devine, Technical Rescue Team Leader, Station 1, City of LaCrosse, WI

SearchCam Mongoose Specifications

  • Color Camera
  • Waterproof Camera Head
  • 5” LCD Detachable Display
  • LED Lighting on Camera Head
  • One Directional Articulating Camera Head – 120 Degrees from centre
  • Compatible with all SearchCam 2000 Accessories
  • Two hour endurance under full load
  • Made in the USA

SearchCam Mongoose Accessories

  • Video Display Extension Cable 15’ (4.6m) - SC2-VDE
  • Battery Pack - SC-BAT25
  • Video Output Cable* - SC2-VOC

*(Provides RCA/BNC video out for recording or remote monitoring)

SearchCam Mongoose Specifications

Camera Colour, 1/4" CCD, 0.4 Lux, 350 lines, auto iris
Interchangeable Camera Heads NO
Probe Articulation Direct - drive finger slide control
Illumination 16 element white LED array with dual level output
Display Monitor 5" diagonal, flat screen LCD active matrix
Auxilarly Output NO
Video Standard  NTSC or PAL
Victim Communication NO
Operator Headset NO
Modular design  
System Length Fixed 22'' (55cm)
Probe Weight 3 lbs (2.2kg)
Camera Housing Diameter 1.45" (36mm)
Minimum Access Diameter 1.5" (37mm)
Articulation Travel 240° left to Right 
Viewing Distance 6' (1.8 m) (optimum in total darkness)
Type and Endurance Sealed lead-acid, 2.5 Ahr, 2 hours continuous operation
Operational Temperatures 14° to 140° F (-10° to 60° C)
Recommended Storage Temp 0° - 80 ° F (4° - 26° C)
Water/Dust Waterproof camera head, designed for immersion/  Dust tight, IP67 (probe handle is not designed for immersion)
Type Custom foam lined case


SearchCam Mongoose Technical Comparison

Model SC2000 Std  SC3000  Recon II Mongoose
Primary Use Victim location, audio/video search   Victim location/extrication, video search   Victim location/extrication, video search   Victim location/extrication, video search  
Interchangeable Camera head options No  YES ( Colour & Infra Red)  No No
Colour Yes YES  Yes Yes
ON Screen Function Menu  Yes YES  Yes Yes
Monitor/Display 5" (12.7 cm) TFT-LCD 5" (12.7 cm) TFT-LCD 5" (12.7 cm) TFT-LCD 5" (12.7 cm) TFT-LCD
Picture Rotation Yes (camera head can be rotated LCD has capability) Yes Monitor can be Rotated  Yes (camera head can be rotated)   No
Water Resistant NO YES Submersible  Yes Yes
Adjustment off, low, high variable adjust (20 feet in zero light) 6 Step variable Lighting  high/low (112 feet in zero light) high/low (6 feet in zero light)
Multiple Monitor Support Yes Yes  No No
Video Out - Component  Yes Yes with cable  No No
Video Out - other  No No  No No
Video In  No No  No No
Integrated Audio at Camera Head  Yes Yes  No No
Audio Volume Control Yes Yes  No No
Ability to talk to victim (two way) Yes Yes  No No
Recording Media - Video No Yes - HCSD Card  No NO 
Recording Rescuer Voice Notes No Yes  No No
Recording Victim Audio No Yes  No No
Battery Type Dry Lead Acid  Li-ion Dry Lead Acid  Dry Lead Acid 
Endurance 3 hours 3 hours 3 hours 3 hours
Recharge Time  2 hours 90%  1 hour -90%     
Temperature Range  10~140 degrees(-12C to 60C)  10~140 degrees(-12C to 60C)  10~140 degrees(-12C to 60C)  10~140 degrees(-12C to 60C)
Water Resistance - VDU Yes Yes Yes Yes
Water Proof Camera Head Some models Submersible to 100ft  No Yes
Immersion No  Yes  No  No 
Weight 12.8lbs including battery  8lbs(including batteries)  4.5 lbs - 2.04 kg (excluding battery) 3 lbs - 1.36 kg (excluding battery)
Case 53x17x6 53x17x6 unless it changes  39x18x7 28x1+x8
On Screen Graphics Yes Yes  Yes Yes
Camera Head Position on Screen Yes Yes No No
Left/Right Limits Yes Yes  No No
Automatic Centre Stop Yes Yes No No
Illumination Backlight Backlight  Yes Yes
Low Battery Warning  Yes Yes  Yes Yes
One Hand Operation Yes Yes Yes Yes
Silent Operation  No Quiet ( Not Silent ) Yes Yes
Articulation  180 degrees  240degrees 180 degrees  120 degrees 
Type of Articulation electric / remote electric / remote mechanical / remote mechanical / remote
Articulation Control  Pistol Grip  Pistol Grip - Fingertip Control Manual Ring  Trigger Style
Headset Yes Yes - Noise Cancelling - Behind Head Design  No No
Shoulder Strap Yes Yes Yes Yes
Cable Reel  Yes Option - Yes No No
Cable Probe Style of operation  Stand Alone Camera  Option - Yes No No
Extension Cables  No Yes  No No
Pole Sets        
Standard Tube Set  1.4 m - 2.3 m   14"- 78" 45" - 1.14 m 22" - 56 cm
Long Tube Set  1.75 m - 6.5 m ( Super Probe Only)  48.5" - 168" 3m NO
Breaching System Yes Yes Yes Yes
Technical Advantages  Powered Articulation, Solid Construction (except for articulation mechanism )   Powered Articulation, Solid Construction, Clutched gearbox  Simple, Rugged Manual Articulation Mechanism, Quality Image   Solid Construction, Rugged, Reliable,LED Lighting

Mongoose Customers

  • City of Baltimore, Baltimore, MD
  • City of Bellbrook Fire Department, Bellbrook, OH
  • Emergency Management, Las Vegas, NV
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA
  • State of Florida, Ocala, FL
  • Pennsylvania USAR, Harrisburg, PA
  • Salt Lake City Fire Department, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Emergency Management, Las Cruces, NM
  • Fire & Rescue, Jacksonville, FL
  • Indianapolis Fire Department, Indianapolis, IN
  • La Crosse Fire Department, La Crosse, WI
  • Menlo Park Fire Protection, Menlo Park, CA
  • State of Louisiana, Baton Rouge, LA
  • LA County Fire Department, Pacoima, CA
  • Grand Rapids Fire Department, Grand Rapids, MI
  • State of Florida, Ocala, FL
  • City of Tempe, Tempe, AZ
  • City of Cedar Rapids, Cedar Rapids, IA
  • Illinois Fire Service Institute, Champaign, IL
  • Allegheny County EMA, Pittsburg, PA
  • TEEX – USAR, College Station, TX
  • EMS Pinellas County, Largo, FL
  • Sutton Fire Department, Sutton, MA
  • Aliquippa Bureau of Fire, Aliquippa, PA
  • Urban Research Rescue Team, Harford, CT
  • City of Compton, Compton, CA
  • San Gabriel Fire Department, San Gabriel, CA
  • San Diego Fire – Rescue Department, San Diego, CA
  • Ingham County Sheriff’s Office, Mason, MI
  • Rescue Squad, Cleveland, TN
  • Seminole County FD, Longwoof, FL
  • Urban Search & Rescue, City of Sioux City, Sioux City IA
  • Evansville Fire Department, Evansville, IN
  • City of Hemet, Hemet, CA
  • Orange County, Orlando FL
  • Orlando Fire Department, Orlando, FL


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