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.
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.
Current Fire/Rescue Customers
Webster MA Fire/Rescue
Arbor Vitae Fire/Rescue
San Juan CO New Mexico
Elk Mound FD
Garrett Volunteer FD
Bristol Virginia FD
Cloverleaf FD (Houston, TX)
East Pierce Fire/Rescue
Bayside Volunteer FD (AK)
Jefferson Township FD (OH)
Oklahoma City FD
Ohio Township FD
Stevens Point FD
Grand Island FD
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.
"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
Power and Purpose
Durable and Reliable
Northern Star Environments
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.
“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.”
“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.”
“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…”
“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.”
“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…”
“You by far had the best product at FDIC”