The Northern Star is an innovative electronic compass designed to help firefighters maintain their orientation in zero visibility conditions – providing an additional level of personal protection. The Northern Star was developed by a firefighter for firefighters.

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Guiding You Home

The Northern Star is the best line of defense when it comes to battling disorientation in low visibility environments. Every day firefighters around the world charge blindly into dangerous, unfamiliar environments without knowing the floorplan - all in the name of saving lives and property conservation. This can lead to disorientation, injury or even death. To keep you safe, trust the Northern Star to Guide You Home with its patented directional awareness technology.

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Northern Star Fire Updates

Another great product review from our brothers up north. If you don't have a Northern Star in your mask...you do not have a full complement of PPE....period. facebook.com/prepare… pic.twitter.com/6TjO…

About 7 months ago from Jeff Dykes's Twitter via Twitter Web Client

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Disorientation By The Numbers

A study by the Federal Aviation Administration found that people can lose spatial orientation in as little as 178 seconds after entering a low-visibility or no-visibility environment.

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"Disorientation is one of the most dangerous conditions faced by a firefighter."

-National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Northern Star Features

The Northern Star is an innovative device powered by a rechargeable lithium battery. It features a durable, waterproof design that is responsive to movement, making it very user friendly and easy-to-use.

Northern Star Highlights

Operational Safety

Operational Safety

The Northern Star was designed to help firefighters maintain their orientation in environments with low visibility.
Power and Purpose

Power and Purpose

Powered by a powerful, rechargeable lithium battery, the Northern Star can sustain over 7 hours of continuous run-time before batteries need to be swapped. Two batteries are included with each purchase.
User Friendly

User Friendly

The Northern Star features a programmable accelerometer that turns on through motion; No ON/Off Switch. Tap your mask and show it firefighter-like movement and the Northern Star comes to life.
Highly Responsive

Highly Responsive

A gyroscope and high powered microprocessor refresh multiple times per second to ensure a smooth and responsive display with zero delay.
Durable and Reliable

Durable and Reliable

The Northern Star is durable and reliable. Its waterproof, drop-shock tested design, holds up in even the toughest environments.
Easy Installation

Easy Installation

At the diameter of a US quarter, the Northern Star can be installed in any style mask in the location most convenient to the user. A 3M, fire-rated, two-sided tape, ensures the Northern Star stays attached under high-heat conditions. Peel and stick - it’s that easy.

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Built by a Firefighter for Firefighters

The Northern Star device was created by Eau Claire, WI Fire Captain, Jeff Dykes. Captain Dykes set a course to make his brothers and sisters in the fire service safer by providing the first ever directional guidance system. Every feature was designed from a firefighter's perspective. The Nothern Star provides an additional level of personal protection otherwise unavailable.

Testimonials

“This isn’t the first time I’ve seen variations on a compass being used on the fireground.  It is, however, the first time I’ve seen one deliver.  It was accurate in the high radio-frequency interference environment…at three stories below grade in tunnels made of concrete and steel…in massive warehouses…in my diving mask at 60 feet…I will ensure it is with me for the rest of my career.”

Justin Overholt | Firefighter/Paramedic/Technical & Tactical Rescue Technician | Denver Fire Department, Spotterup.com

“Of all the gizmos out there that try to address poor situation awareness on the fireground, this is the best thing out there that I’ve ever seen at FDIC International.  It doesn’t totally fix the problem of firefighter disorientation, but it comes pretty darn close.”

Don Abbott | Project Mayday

“The Northern Star concept is an innovative safety device…The Fire Service is sure to find many exciting and useful ways to integrate it into our operational theaters, from structural, wildland, Urban Search and Rescue and disaster response…”

Chief Bobby Halton ret. | Editor in Chief Fire Engineering Magazine | Education Director FDIC International | Editorial Director Fire Rescue and Fire Apparatus and Emergency Equipment Magazines

“We are eagerly awaiting the launch of the Northern Star orientation compass. As a distributor of firefighting equipment we think this will be a great addition to our product line. I like the simplicity and the intuitive ease of operation. I showed the compass to several firefighters and officers and, without exception, all saw how it could aid in fire scene safety.”

Tom Darley | Vice President, W.S. Darley & Co. | Equipment Sales

“The Northern Star is one of the most revolutionary ideas I have seen in many years. While in field tests, I subjected the Northern Star to many harsh elements including intense heat, water, and dropping of my mask during aggressive company search and rescue operations. I can see this device becoming mandatory equipment for search and rescue crews…”

Jackie Clinard | Squad Captain | Montgomery Fire/Rescue

“You by far had the best product at FDIC”

Kevin Sofen | W.S. Darley & Co.