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

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Agriculture
Amount:
$62,291.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
2001-33610-10398
Solitcitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Branch:
N/A
Award Year:
2001
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
2001-00027
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Small Business Information
Healthcare Technology Systems, Inc.
7617 Mineral Point Road, Madison, WI, 53717
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
N/A
Principal Investigator
 James Mundt
 (608) 827-2467
 Mundj@healthtechsys.com
Business Contact
 John Greist
Title: Chief Executive Officer
Phone: (608) 827-2450
Email: Greij@healthtechsys.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
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.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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