Nanaimo inventor creates more efficient firefighting tool
July 7th 2015 at 09:18 AM
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.

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