Spotlight: HeatSeeker offers rehab tool built by firefighters for firefighters
The HeatSeeker Mini Six Shooter creates a cool and perfect rehab environment for firefighters
HeatSeeker Technologies & Design LLC. was founded by firefighters with a sharp eye focused on reducing firefighter heat-related injuries suffered while working on scene. The organizational mission of HeatSeeker Technologies & Design LLC. is to provide innovative rehabilitation solutions to today's fire service professionals and to communities where the risk for heat-related illness to workers, athletes and citizens exist.
Where did your company name originate from?
I wanted the name of the company to be part of the product and HeatSeeker is what this tool is all about.
What was the inspiration behind starting your company?
I was fighting a house fire in the fall of 2011 and exited the structure to change my air bottle and found one of my crew members on the ground almost unconscious with heat stress. We moved him away from the scene and removed his gear. He was so hot and red. We gave him some water and a wet towel around his neck, because that’s all we had. He survived that day but it could have been much worse.
Why do you believe your products are essential to the fire community?
I was a volunteer the first 12 years in the fire service where budgets are very tight. I could not tell you how many times I had to drink from my hose line because we had no coolers or bottled water, let alone misting fans to cool us down.
What has been the biggest challenge your company has faced?
Visibility and marketing. We are a few firefighters trying to make the fireground a safer place and to promote on-the-job safety. We run off a very tight budget to keep prices down and make our products affordable to all departments.
What makes your company unique?
We are firefighters and know what we have and don’t have to help us perform our duties to the best of our ability. There’s nothing better than a tool built by firefighters for firefighters.
What do your customers like best about you and your products?
We are very affordable and our product is an immediate option to reduce heat stress. In return, it allows firefighters to get back in the fight safely.
What is the most rewarding part of serving the first responder community?
There are so many of our brothers and sisters who pay the ultimate price with heat stress every day. There is no better paycheck than knowing that you are helping so many people. I know our units will save lives and also keep our firefighters out of the hospital. Heart attacks are among the top killers in the fire service and I strongly believe that heat stress is a leading factor to cardiac issues.
Do you support any charitable organizations within public safety?
Yes, we donate a portion of sales to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, First Descents and the Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund. We believe helping the people and organizations that provide assistance to those that have already given so much to this service places us firmly on the right path.
What’s next for your company? Any upcoming new projects or initiatives?
We are currently working on a system to remove all emissions from the fireground.
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