A Tool to Enhance Efficiency and Productivity During Fire Mop-up Operations

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: 2001-33610-10398
Agency Tracking Number: 2001-00027
Amount: $62,291.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2001
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
7617 Mineral Point Road, Madison, WI, 53717
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 James Mundt
 (608) 827-2467
Business Contact
 John Greist
Title: Chief Executive Officer
Phone: (608) 827-2450
Email: Greij@healthtechsys.com
Research Institution
The proposed research will design and build prototype hand-held tools intended to assist fire fighters during wildfire mop-up operations. The tools will incorporate operator adjustable heat gradient thresholds for processing sensor information permitting identification of burning debris that may be underground or buried by layers of ash. Telescopic poles will permit tool use while standing and is intended to promote worker comfort, safety, and productivity. The tools will be provided to experienced and inexperienced fire fighters during the 2001 fire season and to fire fighting equipment distributors to assess market interest. End-user feedback will assess tool functionality and durability. Input regarding potential enhancements will also be sought. Data collection by built in microprocessing elements will permit functional analysis, in conjunction with user feedback. Qualitative data will also assess user acceptance and estimations of enhanced productivity and job satisfaction.

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