The DHS S&T’s Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA) came to FirstLink to understand the market potential of its SAFE Quick Cover.
FirstLink defined and quantified the market, including the number of homes in the wildland urban interface, expected growth rates and anticipated penetration rates for the Quick Cover.
Based upon the projected market penetration, deployment of the Quick Cover would not have a significant impact on fire suppression efforts. Therefore, DHS decided to discontinue further funding for the project, resulting in a $7 million cost avoidance. This funding was redirected into a public-private partnership between DHS and a major utility for a solution to maintain power supply. The partnership was a cost-match so that the $7M in avoided cost essentially leveraged an additional $14 million of value to the US Government.