Nanaimo inventor creates more efficient firefighting tool
Published by Chris Bush - Nanaimo News Bulletin
Posted Jul 1, 2015 at 9:00 AM
A Nanaimo inventor has combined old technology to create a new way to battle brush fires.
Urban interface fires have destroyed hundreds of homes in B.C., the U.S., Australia and elsewhere. What’s needed to fight fast-moving wildfires is a simple, rapidly deployable device that can protect property and be left to operate on its own to free up firefighters and equipment.
Rod Szasz created the FireBozz, a water cannon based on a modified agricultural sprinkler that sprays large volumes of water to create a fire barrier hundreds of square metres in diameter.
Szasz worked in personnel development for the semiconductor, communications and pharmaceutical industries. It was his father who originally started tinkering with a prototype.
“Basically I was a highfalutin’ headhunter and I would establish operations for these companies in the Japanese and Asian markets,” Szasz said.
When Szasz returned to Canada to live full-time, he refined the overall design into a practical firefighting tool.