Spotlight: Quickstop creates a faster functioning tool geared toward creating less building damage
The company developed a Talon that is small, reusable and built to last.
Where did your company name originate from?
I named the company Quickstop, because our tools are designed to stop fire sprinklers faster than any other tool on the market. A faster functioning tool creates less building damage, allows shorter on-scene times for fire crews and lessens exposure to firefighters from contaminants found in fire protection systems. It also saves fresh water from being wasted – which helps the environment.
What was the inspiration behind starting your company?
As a firefighter, I was responding to more and more fire sprinkler calls every year. I grew frustrated with the tools available so I began designing my own. I developed the Talon to work faster, easier and stop sprinklers that no other tool could before. It’s pocket sized, reusable and built to last.
Why do you believe your products are essential to the Fire community?
We are seeing an increase in accidental and fire related activations. Actually, so much that fire protection system water damage is now more costly to some industries than fire. In 2012, lead was banned from the manufacturing of residential sprinklers making them even more susceptible to becoming sheared off completely. Any department that is responsible for protecting its citizens’ property from damages should have a Quickstop Talon.
What is the most rewarding part of serving the first responder community?
Serving the first responder community is incredibly rewarding. There have been studies recently showing the list of contaminants commonly found in fire protection systems. The Talon works so quickly. Firefighters are no longer stuck under a sprinkler head for extended times damaging their expensive PPE, and putting themselves at risk of injury from being on slippery, wet ladders. Keeping fellow firefighters operating safer and more efficiently has been one of my highest priorities.
Is there any fun fact or trivia that you’d like to share with our users about you or your company?
Every year in the U.S., there are 35 to 45 million new fire sprinklers being installed. Buildings of the future will have fire sprinklers whether it’s a school, business, restaurant or private residence. No matter what district you serve, you will be seeing more fire sprinklers in your career.
What’s next for your company? Any upcoming new projects or initiatives?
We are currently testing a pole that operates the Talon remotely – allowing crews to stop water damage without having to climb dangerous ladders or even get wet. We are also working on a multi-functioning sprinkler tool that can be used as a spanner wrench, door chock, PRV valve key, window punch and even has an 02 bottle key.
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