Our Story

Northern Star Fire LLC was founded by Eau Claire, WI Fire Captain Jeff Dykes, in 2015. Dedicated to producing life safety devices, Capt. Dykes invented the company’s flagship product called the ‘Northern Star.’ Northern Star Fire has worked with local engineers to produce the safest, most reliable directional guidance system in the fire service. When a firefighter installs the Northern Star inside their face piece, they are giving themselves an additional level of personal protection otherwise unavailable.

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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.

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 saw the need for a simple device that could prevent disorientation in all firefighting environments. Captain Dykes knows that disorientation is one of the most dangeous situations a firefighter can find themself in and he works every day to combat disorientation with the Northern Star.

Capt. Jeff Dykes | Founder & CEO

Capt. Dykes Bio

Capt. Dykes Bio

As a 20 year veteran of the fire service, Capt. Dykes is a certified instructor for the Wisconsin Technical College System, a NREMT paramedic, a member of the Level A Hazmat team, and has served as Local 487’s union president. Capt. Dykes holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from UW-Parkside in addition to a Master degree in Career and Technical Education from UW-Stout. He specializes in the role of formal education within the fire service and runs a candidate recruitment program for 14 Wisconsin career fire departments (www.firedepartmenthiring.com). Capt. Jeff Dykes resides in Eau Claire, WI with his wife and three kids. An avid hunter and fisherman, Capt. Dykes spends his free time on the water and in the woods. Additionally, Capt. Dykes helps coach the Regis High School baseball team as well as his son’s little league teams.
The Fire Service is very important to me and I take it as a personal responsibility to protect the men and women that serve alongside me. Disorientation is one of the most dangerous situations a firefighter can find themselves in and by creating the Northern Star I'm hoping I can do my part to prevent these types of situations. If I can save even one life or prevent one injury, all the effort put into creating this will have been worth it.
Jeff DykesCaptain Eau Claire, WI Fire Department and Northern Star Fire Founder & CEO