Rich Sauer is a 30-year Firefighter. Rich holds the position of fire Captain and is involved with training and education in the following subjects.
- Structure group training
- Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA)
- Hose group training
- Wildfire training and qualified Division leader on wildfires
- Fuels Hazard Reduction program (Defensible space for homeowners located in the Wildfire area)
- Live fire training group
- Research on water application and new technology
- Research Firefighter exposures to hazardous chemicals on multiple types of fires
Rich is a firefighters advocate when it comes to exposures to hazardous smoke developed from fires. Rich teaches the ‘outside in’ approach with structure fires to reduce the dangers with fire, smoke, and heat. “I’m a firm believer in the structure fire studies from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)”. NIST provides firefighters throughout the nation with studies on how fires grow and how firefighters can control the spread of fire from the outside to reduce the dangers of fire and exposures.
Rich has spent the last 10 years studying new technology with water application on fires. His research led to finding Lloyd Layman, a career firefighter who is recognized by the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) for his tactics and strategy and the research with smaller water droplets on fires.
Rich started his Micro-Droplet Systems Company based on Lloyd Layman’s research of smaller water droplets and the extinguishing power it has over today’s traditional firefighting nozzles that deliver large water droplets. Rich developed a fire suppression system called, “The Water Atomizing Suppression Pump” (WASP) that delivers 10 gallons a minute through a high technology nozzle. The nozzle is able to produce approximately .3mm size water droplets. “We maximize water droplets to increase waters ability to rapidly absorb heat from burning material”. When water is reduced to smaller water droplets, it creates more surface area.
Our WASP unit is very versatile. It is quick to deploy and put into action. Every second counts when responding to a fire. We have the ability to put water on a fire in less than 45 seconds after donning all required PPE.
We know there are some limitations to our unit. We are not replacing the large diameter hose on engines that are used on large fires but we know it can be used on every fire at some point in time of any fire incident.
The following applications have been performed with 100% success.
- Tire fire suppressed with less than a gallon of water with no foam.
- Car fire suppressed with less than 5 gallons of water with no foam and virtually no contaminated water run off.
- Vegetation fire – can be used on initial attack, pump and roll attack, and mop up.
- Bedroom content fire with door control – air limits the fire growth and the WASP decreases oxygen and rapidly cools the burning material. Virtually no water damage.
- 4 X 6 Flammable liquid pan fire suppressed with less than 2 gallons of water with a blanket of foam.
Our new technology is available for anyone requiring fire suppression protection. Together, we can decrease firefighter exposures and reduce firefighter cancers, reduce water usage, reduce water damage to our customer’s homes and personal property, and reduce cancer-causing chemical run off from vehicle fires.
Our company will increase fire protection to homeowners and ranchers who live in the wildfire interface. Our unit and expertise wildfire training will reduce property damage and losses.
We are very passionate about making positive changes that are needed in this country. Fire related losses and firefighter work related injuries cost hundreds of millions of dollars every year. We can reduce these high costs with new fire suppression technology and quality training.