Patent for Sale:

Fireproof Covers for Homes & Life-saving Fire-resistant Tents for Firemen    

Fireproof house covers as protection from wildfires & extensible, connectable fireproof tents for firemen fighting wildfires and chemical/other fires on industrial sites & bullet resistant tents

Overview

A system of fire-resistant blankets designed to join together easily to form larger units, useful in several applications:

(a) House Cover. A cover designed for protecting houses and other structures from external sources of fire, such as wildfires. Easy to deploy over any shape and size structure, and easy to remove, keeps a home safe from flames, embers and radiating heat.

(b) Tunnel tent. A tent unit easy to unfold and connect with other similar units in order to make a long-as-necessary protected haven and passageway for firemen battling wildfires. Extending from a safe place and reaching the fire front at its farthest end, the connected tents will for a tunnel providing shelter and a safe retreat and escape means for firemen when encircled by a rogue fire.

(c) Standoff Tent. A tent unit similar to the tunnel tent, made specifically to withstand bullet impacts. Has integral ports for observation and gun ports for shooting out from inside. Connected with other similar units, quickly forms an extensible and protective haven and passageway wherein policemen gather, survey and shoot back at an entrenched sniper or terrorist in complete safety ( instead of seeking cover behind cars).

(d) Ground Cover. Designed to stop surface fires such as grass fires, also useful as easy to install and remove fire-brake in prescribed fires to keep fire inside designated area.

Primary Application of the Technology

House covers to be sold or rented to homeowners located on or near wildfire areas;
Tunnel Tents & Ground Cover to be sold mainly to fire departments;
Standoff Tents to be sold mainly to police departments and the military.

The Problem Solved by the Technology

The house cover - thousands of homes burn along the urban/wildland interface every year; hundreds of people, civilians and firemen, die and are injured in these fires; material and property losses are in the billions of dollars. Most of this can be lessened or prevented with proper equipment and new fire-fighting tactics.

The tunnel tent - firemen at a fire front frequently die when surrounded by flames after the wind changes direction and/or when other conditions change. The tunnel tent becomes a shelter for tired firemen as well as a first aid station and an escape route when needed. Fires at industrial sites are extremely dangerous places with possible explosion of stored chemicals. A tunnel tent will shelter firemen and possibly provide a safe passageway to workers stranded between flames.

The standoff tent - policemen during a standoff usually seek shelter behind cars and other objects while the sniper or terrorist is firmly entrenched in a building or similar place. A standoff tent provides a bullet-resistant shelter inside which policemen may gather and fire back in safety, standing their ground indefinitely. Can be used by the military to great advantage.

The ground cover - surface fires are usually checked with barriers made with pick and shovel. The ground cover is quickly unrolled and extended along a front to stop a ground fire. Prescribed burns can be framed with the cover to prevent the fire from extending beyond the desired area.

How the Technology Solves the Problem

- Using a home cover, homes and other buildings threatened by fire can be covered quickly and be saved from destruction.

- The tunnel tent - starting from a safe place, firemen serially connect tents all the way to a fire front forming an extended tunnel tent or passageway under which they may escape to safety or use as a haven for rest and first aid.

- A standoff tent provides a shelter which may be serially extended in complete safety for peace officers surrounding a sniper or terrorist. Having ports for observation and gun ports for shooting out, can be used as well as a resting place during long hours of a siege.

Competitive Advantage

The house cover - there is no competition in this field except for a fire retardant gel which is applied to a house exterior to keep it from burning. Presumably it meets some expectations, however, it must be questioned whether the gel may stay in place for days without drying up until a "late" fire arrives and whether a thin film of gel will stop radiant heat from entering a building through a window. In contrast, a house cover effectively shuts out flames, embers, hot air and radiant heat. After the fire, the cover is removed and the house is safe and clean, compared with the necessity of removing the after-fire sooty gel made worse by dust and debris accumulated during a fire storm.

The tunnel tent - there is no competition in this field, this tent is unique. The closest concept is known as the 'fire shelter' which is a portable, aluminized tent big enough to cover a human being surrounded by fire in the wild. Burns and suffocation often kill the user.

The standoff tent and ground cover - there is no competition in this field.

Comments on Deal Structure, Potential Terms and Restrictions

Will consider all reasonable offers. Open to licensing, selling all patent rights and/or becoming partner in company manufacturing, selling/leasing this equipment.

Frequently Asked Questions

How soon can a home be covered with a house cover?
About one hour or less, using the appropriate equipment.

Who will buy a house cover?
Home owners and business owners living near the urban/wildland interface in the U.S.A. and abroad. Fires in Spain, Greece, France, Australia and other places are becoming more frequent and intense.

Who will buy a tunnel-tent?
Fire departments across the country.

Who will buy a standoff tent?
Police departments and the military.

Patent Summary

U.S. Patent Classes & Classifications Covered in this listing:

Class 169: Fire Extinguishers

Apparatus and methods designed specifically for extinguishing fire and elements of such apparatus not classifiable in border existing classes; also apparatus capable of performing this function if designed to prevent fire by operating in anticipation of fire conditions.


Class 52: Static Structures (E.G., Buildings)

The residual class for static structures. It includes on site erected structures generally identified by terms such as: civil engineering, public works, shelter, housing, buildings or masts and other related components used in such structures, e.g., panels, beams, columns. etc. Also, included are selected structurally similar components, such as, table top panels, poles, posts, window sash elements or door panels even though not disclosed as specialized as components of a building structure. Also, are included processes, machines and implements used in the construction of such structures which are not elsewhere provided for.