Helmet-Mounted Thermal Sensor for First Responder Burn-Saver Device
The personal protective equipment (PPE) worn by firefighters (turnout Gear, SCBA, helmet, etc.) protects the wearer against burns and hazardous
environments. Unfortunately, they work so well that they decrease the firefighter's situational awareness, in particular their ability to notice rapidly
increasing temperatures. Although current thermal sensor technologies (generally built in to the Personal Alert Safety System (PASS) unit) have the
ability to respond to changing temperatures, no commercial devices can respond fast enough to ensure that the firefighter is not exposed to
temperatures that exceed the capabilities of their PPE. TDA Research, Inc. (TDA) proposes to design, fabricate, and test a rapidly responding
temperature warning device that is low cost, portable, durable, and accurate. In the event of a high temperature situation, the device will provide both
visual and audible alarms along with wireless notification to the command center. In collaboration with our commercial PPE manufacturing partner,
we will develop a low cost, rugged, burn saver device for NFPA certification. We anticipate a TRL(1) at the beginning of Phase I to transition to
TRL(4) at the end of Phase I, and we expect to achieve TRL(6) by the conclusion of Phase II.
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TDA Research, Inc.
12345 West 52nd Avenue Wheat Ridge, CO 80033-1916
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