NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Need a handyman? How about an off-duty firefighter.
Hidrent is a New Haven company launched by the tv show “Shark Tank.” The premise is simple — homeowners who need a safe, trustworthy and reliable handyman or woman can hire an off-duty firefighter.
Dave Heimbach came up with the idea when his brother-in-law, a firefighter, was working on Heimbach’s house in Chicago. His brother-in-law used an app to get a contractor in, and then said that firefighters often do similar work when they’re off-duty.
“The homeowners will have an app, the firefighters will have an app on their phone,” he said. “As soon as the homeowner submits a project, every firefighter that’s within a radius of that person’s home will get notified. And the first firefighter to, you know, think they can do that job, they’ll accept it.”
Watch the full interview to learn more!