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

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Homeland Security
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
HSHQDC-13-C-00042
Agency Tracking Number:
HSHQDC-13-R-00009-H-SB013.1-003-0004-I
Solicitation Year:
2013
Solicitation Topic Code:
H-SB013.1-003
Solicitation Number:
HSHQDC-13-R-00009
Small Business Information
TDA Research, Inc.
12345 West 52nd Avenue, Wheat Ridge, CO, 80033-1916
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
181947730
Principal Investigator:
Girish Srinivas
gsrinivas@tda.com
Business Contact:
John Wright
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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