2014 – Winner Alvin Clausen, Fire Chief Ride-On Trailer
When bushfire bears down on an area, deciding whether to stay or go can be the most difficult decision anyone can make. Alvin Clausen wanted to make it at least a little easier to protect the house when disaster strikes so devised a way for fire protection to continue after you decide to leave. His Fire Chief ride-on fire trailer idea can sense fire, dispense up to 1000 litres of water through its sprinkler system and can be fully automated. The idea came after he and his wife Diane were among those devastated during the Marysville bushfire of 2009. Mr Clausen was determined to not only prevent another disaster, but to help others who could face a similar situation in the future.
“My invention was born out of the desire to become more self-sufficient in fire control around our home,” he said. “Embers cause a large proportion of house fires, after the fire front has passed. If you can keep embers away, you can greatly increase the chance of avoiding a catastrophic fire to your home.” The invention is designed to help as endless embers descend on a property. It can detect heat and distribute water to that area. It can also be used manually, allowing a person to ride on the back like a chariot, directing the 1000 litres of water.
2014 Chair of the BIA Committee Dr David Noble said the Fire Chief Ride-on Fire Trailer exemplified what the Inventor Awards were about. “It is a fantastic invention and a very deserving winner and we hope he will have the success experienced by other previous winners of the awards,” Dr Noble said.