IDEX 2019: Survitec unveiled new CBRN suits

IDEX 2019: Survitec unveiled new CBRN suits

The DEMRON ICE suit incorporates patented nanotechnology to protect against low-level gamma radiation. Studies carried out by Lawrence Livermore National Defence Laboratory show that the suit provides at least 50% shielding of gamma rays of up to 130Kev.

Manufactured from liquid metal particles the DEMRON fabric has a high thermal conductivity and cools the wearer down on the inside of the garment as heat transfers through the fabric. Paul Parry, Group CBRN Business Manager, Survitec, said: “This suit will revolutionise the way CBR (chemical, biological and radiological) suits can be worn. Not only will it keep the first responder cool, but it will also protect against low-level gamma radiation.

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Survitec to launch new military CBR protection suits at IDEX 2019

Survitec to launch new military CBR protection suits at IDEX 2019

Military safety equipment manufacturer Survitec has created two new protective bodysuits for military personnel working in hazardous conditions, known as chemical, biological and radioactive (CBR) protection suits. Survitec will showcase the designs at IDEX 2019 in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Attendees will be able to get a close look at the new fabric technology of the DERMON ICE suit and the NormMB suit at the exhibition.

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Radiation Shield Technologies (RST) Develops Demron ICE For Miami Dade Fire Rescue

Radiation Shield Technologies (RST) Develops Demron ICE For Miami Dade Fire Rescue

MIAMI–(BUSINESS WIRE)–U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers, National Guard, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department (“MDFRD”), several local law enforcement agencies and PortMiami authorities partnered together to train for something each hope to never put into action.

“I couldn’t think of a better training environment than one of the busiest ports,” said Lt. Alvaro Tonanez, the HAZMAT lead trainer for one of the largest fire departments in America, with more than 3,000 personnel assigned to MDFRD. “To put our firefighters and the Army Reserve unit into a realistic scenario where we could use the assistance in a real-world situation is a win-win for both sides.”

Sponsored by Department of Defense’s U.S. Northern Command and hosted by the MDFRD, the hazardous material exercise was the second joint-training event between a large municipality and the Defense CBRN Force, according to Thomas Frankhouser, a senior survey analyst with U.S. Army North, based at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

Frankhouser said, when needed, the 329th CBRN Company can assist civilian responders at a scene and provide capabilities that may not be available for the civilian incident commander. Like local fire departments and HAZMAT teams, the 329th CBRN Company has the capability to identify and analyze certain toxic chemicals and materials with advanced equipment and can provide that critical support to an incident commander.

Col. Mike Vail, Chief, Homeland Operations Division for the Army Reserve, said the 329th CBRN Company is currently one of two Army Reserve units supporting the Defense CBRN Response Force (“DCRF”) for the CBRN Response Enterprise.

The DCRF mission is to save lives, mitigate human suffering and facilitate recovery operations in a CBRN environment. More than 5,200 Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and civilians from active-duty and reserve component units make up the scalable force which can respond to local, state, tribal or federal agencies to support efforts in the event of a CBRN incident.

Miami Dade Fire Rescue Department, MDFRD, Hazardous Materials Bureau recently conducted field testing of the Demron Ice suit as a potential Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) garment for certain mission specific tasks.

Miami Dade Fire Rescue Department’s Hazardous Materials Bureau at the time had just finished developing an EBOLA response plan in which several chemical protective garments were tested for that threat. One of the garments tested at the time showed to be promising for both Biological and Chemical agents since it provided the same capabilities of a Level A suit.

The final challenge which proved to be the hardest, according to Captain Tony Trim, Hazardous Materials Bureau of MDFRD “was to find an appropriate garment that would be able to handle the abuse of working in a not so friendly environment such as that found in the ship cargo holds, cargo containers, and engine rooms, and still provide the user with the best chemical protection.” Working together with the suit manufacturer, Radiation Shield Technologies, the garment was upgraded to meet the demands for abrasion protection and heat diffusion. “The Demron ICE CBRN suit is a game changer. The Demron ICE PPE is the only self-cooling suit that can be used in prolonged tactical operations, while providing uncompromised protection against Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear Protection,” says Ronald DeMeo, MD MBA, the CEO of Radiation Shield Technologies.

Once the suit was developed it was put through rigorous testing during the joint exercise at PortMiami to ensure it would hold up to the demands of a Maritime Response. Both exercises were designed to test the capabilities of MDFRD’s potential response to the release of a Hazardous Material release onboard a vessel. During each exercise the Demron ICE suit was worn by six members of the HazMat team for a period of approximately 105 minutes without any interruptions or without any need to break the seal. Average temperatures during both events was approximately 82°+Fahrenheit. Where other PPE suits would not have been suitable or as effective as the ICE suit for these missions, the ICE suit performed well and showed its adaptability and durability as a rugged, yet flexible protective garment.

The suit has now been incorporated into the response plan of MDFRD as the preferred level of protective garment for Maritime Response.

ABOUT RADIATION SHIELD TECHNOLOGIES (RST)

With its headquarters and manufacturing facilities in Miami, Florida, RST is the global leader in the research, development, manufacturing and distribution of high energy anti-chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and thermally protective garments. RST is the developer and sole producer of Demron®, a revolutionary lightweight, non-toxic and lead-free radiation protective fabric for individuals. Taking years to develop, Demron® has been scientifically proven to shield the human body against nuclear, biological, chemical and infrared radiation, and reduces heat stress, while leaving its wearer unencumbered and fully mobile. Demron ICE is lighter in weight and used for low to moderate radiation while providing unsurpassed chemical, biological, as well as blood and viral protection (Certified to ASTM F1670 and ASTM F1671 standards). Demron®’s product line currently includes full body suits, blankets, tents, and other products, and is used worldwide by NATO, NASA, every branch of the U.S. military, U.S. CST teams, the FDNY, IAEC, DSTA, Pentagon Force Protection Agency and many international first responders and military teams in Japan, China, Iraq, Kuwait, South Korea, Pakistan, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, and Singapore. For more information please visit http://www.radshield.com, or contact us via email info@radshield.com or via phone (866) 7DEMRON.

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Contacts

Radiation Shield Technologies
Ronald DeMeo MD MBA, 866-733-6766
info@radshield.com

Miami-Dade trains with U.S. Army at Port Miami

Miami-Dade trains with U.S. Army at Port Miami

MIAMI – The Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Special Operations Division and Hazardous material teams were involved in a civil-military maritime hazardous materials drill at the Port Miami on Saturday.

“The objective of this drill is to exercise the civil military interface that will occur on a large-scale maritime hazmat incident; such as the arrival of a large container ship that is leaking hazardous materials into the bay,” Miami-Dade Fire Rescue’s Erika Benitez said in a statement.

MDFR worked with members of the Miami-Dade Police Department and with the U.S. Army and other private entities.

HERE’S THE LOCAL10 NEWS ARTICLE: http://www.local10.com/news/local/miami/miami-dade-trains-with-us-army-at-port-miami

First Responders Stage ‘Highly Visual’ Maritime Response Drill

First Responders Stage ‘Highly Visual’ Maritime Response Drill

MIAMI — First responders held a “highly visible” maritime drill on Saturday morning replete with helicopters, fire boats and people repelling onto a container ship.

The Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Special Operations Division and Hazardous material teams conducted its civil-military maritime hazardous materials drill at the Port Miami.

“The objective of this drill is to exercise the civil military interface that will occur on large-scale maritime hazmat incident; such as the arrival of a large container ship that is leaking hazardous materials into the bay,” according to Erika Benitez of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue.

This drill was a joint effort from between Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, Miami-Dade Police Department, the US Army and other private entities.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue (MDFR) is charged with maintaining full-time countywide response capabilities for the control of hazardous material (Hazmat) and toxic substance releases. This mission is spearheaded by the MDFR Hazardous Materials Response Team (HMRT) and Hazardous Materials Bureau (HMB).

The HMRT is comprised of a Hazmat Battalion Chief, a Hazmat Specialty unit, four Hazmat Suppression units, and a Hazmat Medical unit. These units are equipped with specialized protective clothing, chemical detection equipment, sampling devices, containment tools, materials identification computer systems, state-of-the-art communications / meteorological equipment and specialized medication/antidotes.

Additionally, the MDFR Hazardous Materials Bureau provides administrative and operational support through hazardous materials response training, community planning and resource management.

Photo courtesy of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue

FULL NEWS ARTICLE: http://patch.com/florida/miami/first-responders-stage-highly-visual-maritime-response-drill