Hill Country Education Foundation InvenTeam

Austin, TX
Device to Aid in the Continuous Water Flow for Firefighters

The Hill Country Education Foundation InvenTeam invented Dalmatian, a mechanically simple device to ensure continuous flow of water through a fire hose by preventing kinks in the hose. This invention improves the safety and efficiency of the firefighting process by allowing firefighters to focus more on the fire and less on
equipment malfunction because of water pressure loss. The prevention of water flow delays reduces the risk of personal injury or even death. Flashing LEDs on the device also provide orientation as firefighters retrace the
hose to work their way out of a burning building. The product combines a clamping design with rollers to produce a smooth motion of the fire hose. Guides help keep the firehose in place, and Dalmatian is light enough to be carried with standard firefighting equipment. The device costs $160 and measures 13 x 12 x 18 in. with a one-inch wall guide extending from the plates. Rollers are 8 in. in height to accommodate a variety of hose sizes.

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June 14, 2015

On May 30th we brought our new and improved product to the firehouse for our final test with a charged hose. We tested pulling a hose around the doorframe with and without our product. The firefighters had noticed a big difference between the two. We also added some new additions to our product that the firefighters had suggested last time like a better way to grip the wall and magnetic lights that flash to help firefighters find their way in a home. Overall we couldn't be happier on how the product preformed and are all so excited on the success we have had this year.

March 18, 2015

February 24, 2015

In order to better understand the constraints and deliverables of the project at hand it is important to constantly interact with your customer base to familiarize yourself with their wants and needs.

On Friday, February 20th, two of our members, Drew Scherer and Jordan Jalufka, as well as our team mentor Jan Masterson, went to Austin Fire Station #31 for a brief meeting with the firefighters to trade visions and demonstrate our initial prototype.

February 8, 2015

Although the majority of our hardware team is away in Houston for COOL week, that doesn’t stop us from meeting. COOL (Career Opportunities On Location) week allows seniors to intern with their intended field of study. Therefore our aspiring engineers traveled to NASA for the week so they can experience what aerospace engineering is like. Despite this, our remaining members met on Monday to organize the marketing aspects and our hardware team has been Skyping to come up with a game plan for the weeks ahead. 

February 3, 2015

January 2, 2015

January 2, 2015

October 22, 2014

Welcome to our Blog! Stay tuned for periodical updates on the Hill Country Education Foundation's InvenTeam progress as we work from initial design plans, all the way to presenting at Eureka Fest next June!