Helmet-Mounted Thermal Sensor for First Responder Burn-Saver Device

Award Information
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Branch: N/A
Contract: HSHQDC-13-C-00042
Agency Tracking Number: HSHQDC-13-R-00009-H-SB013.1-003-0004-I
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: H-SB013.1-003
Solicitation Number: HSHQDC-13-R-00009
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2013
Award Year: 2013
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2013-05-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2013-10-31
Small Business Information
12345 W. 52nd Ave., Wheat Ridge, CO, 80033-1916
DUNS: 181947730
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Girish Srinivas
 Principal Engineer
 (303) 940-2321
 gsrinivas@tda.com
Business Contact
 John Wright
Title: Chief Technology Officer
Phone: (303) 940-2300
Email: jdwright@tda.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
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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