And anything that changes traditional ways faces an uphill battle in terms of bringing the technology to market. It becomes a classic problem/opportunity paradigm – the opportunity is to change how things are done, the problem is getting the people to understand the change and embrace it.
The Trident Pump system can get to places firetrucks can’t go. They can pump water at a rate and capacity much higher than standard fire hydrant systems (especially in remote areas). They move water faster in more environmentally friendly ways.
As Rick Baksza, COO of Trident Pumps says: “we don’t fit inside the box of traditional forest fire fighting and wildlands fire protection. We are doing things nobody else can do. And that sometimes puts us in a ‘specialty services’ box, when really, our pumps can be deployed on a much broader scale. It just requires re-thinking of old methods and ideas.”
Trident Pumps & Forest Fires: Huge Problem, Meet Disruptive Solution
Western Canada has been impacted tremendously by forest fires over the last few years.
In 2017, the largest B.C. wildfire season on record emitted an estimated 190 million tonnes of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere — a total that nearly tripled B.C.’s annual carbon footprint. The cost of fighting wildfire during that unprecedented season was over $649 million.
Alberta has suffered staggering losses as well – the economic cost of the Fort McMurray fire in 2016 is estimated at over $10B. Over 80,000 people were displaced.
Trident pumps represent a disruptive solution for this wide scale, difficult problem – their innovative pumping systems can put fires out and/or prevent further spread or destruction to wildlands or property. They can deploy rapidly to remote areas:
“Over the past summer, Civeo had experienced forest fires that threatened one of its camps in Northern Alberta. Trident Pump Inc. worked with Civeo to mobilize its equipment and technology with almost no notice to site. Trident Pump Inc. was able to efficiently mobilize and utilize its technology to pump water from the closest water source over 2 KM away to prevent the fires from harming the lodge.”
And they have a proven technology that works:
“On May 4th , 2016, the Forestry Division put a number of high volume pumps into service as provincial assets. One of these pumps was a Younkers Welding Ltd. (YWL) patented water pump complete with hose deployment system and manpower. Once deployed on the Ft. McMurray fire, the YWL pump was used to flood and extinguish large areas of deep ground fires in the deep organic soils in the fire area and also to fill water tenders as need Operations staff responsible for working the deep ground fires were impressed with the speed in which YWL could set up, take down and move the pump to different areas of the fire. YWL’s system was able to deliver water in impressive volumes everywhere they were requested to.”
– Wes Nimco Manager; Alberta Forestry, Lac LaBiche
Telling the Story & Mobilizing Change
One of Foresight’s taglines is to “mobilize change”. It represents our goal to energize the cleantech industry and to support companies like Trident Pumps. That means telling their story, doing our part to encourage the emergency management / fire protection industry to take a close look at this company, at what they can do, at their proven technology.
Forest fires in Western Canada are a devastating problem. It’s time for a disruptive solution.