East Tennessee firefighter creates life-saving invention

Knoxville, Tenn. (WVLT) – In 2010, an East Tennessee firefighter named Michael Robinson saw firsthand how hot a burning building can be when he nearly watched his partner die from overheating.

“We had nothing to help us cool down. We had warm water bottles, a cold towel around our necks and it could have been very different, but we saved it,” Robinson said.

Shortly after that, he decided to take matters into his own hands and create the Heatseeker H2O, which acts like a nozzle you plug into a fire truck that provides a cool mist to help first responders cool off.

Robinson said with around 70 pounds of gear and extreme heat, the elements can “literally cook our bodies” while responding to fires. The mist provided by the Heatseeker H2O can cool a first responder down to 30 degrees.

It is sold worldwide and has already proven itself here in East Tennessee.

“We’ve been using our products with the Rural Metro Fire Department for almost 10 years now and haven’t had any heat injuries,” Robinson said.

It’s an easy to use product that quickly attaches to an already existing part of the fire truck, providing a portable way to keep someone cool.

In the future, Robinson hoped to do more work in preventing cardiac events and cancer for first responders. He is currently up for $195,000 in prize money in a Homeland Security competition. If he wins the award, Robinson said he would take every dollar and donate it to volunteer fire departments across the country so they can purchase his product to keep more people safe.

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