The Northern Star was designed to help firefighters maintain their orientation in environments with low visibility.
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.
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.
A gyroscope and high powered microprocessor refresh multiple times per second to ensure a smooth and responsive display with zero delay.
Durable and Reliable
The Northern Star is durable and reliable. Its waterproof, drop-shock tested design, holds up in even the toughest environments.
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.
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.