Gas mask worthy of James Bond designed

April 22nd, 2008 - 5:39 pm ICT by admin  

Washington, April 22 (IANS) Visitors at the Directorate of Homeland Security made a seemingly impossible demand - an emergency escape hood weighing less than a pound and foldable in a thin DVD case, something seen in James Bond movies. They also insisted that it should be maintenance-free, filter nerve, blood and blister agents singly or in combination, remove toxic chemicals, and fit two-to-a-breast pocket - one for the protectee, the other for the protector.

Homeland Security assigned Avon Protection Systems in Britain to develop and produce a mask with similar specifications, called EH-15 (Escape Hood-15 minutes).

After successfully passing stringent tests in October 2007, ten prototypes were made. The first lot of EH-15s is to be produced soon.

This innovative mask, when packed is only three-fourths of an inch thick. It provides 15 minutes of protection against chemicals and biologics, has a three-year shelf life, and highly efficient particulate filters.

“Crime in this country has indeed included weapons of mass destruction… witness the anthrax attacks in 2001,” notes Jalal Mapar, manager for EH-15 programme.

“A concealable escape hood like this will provide protection for both the guard and his protectee until both can get out of a dangerous situation.”

“It was one tough assignment, but I’m glad that we here at Directorate of Homeland Security were instrumental in developing such a unique mask in such a short time,” he said.

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