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1 Improved First Responder Ensembles Against CBRN Terrorism Future Forces International 2014 Annual Conference, October 2014

2 Who are we? IFREACT is a consortium of CBRN manufacturers, subject-matter experts and end-users from all over Europe Future Forces International 2014 Annual Conference, October 2014

3 Aim Developing an advanced protective ensemble that will enhance the chemical, biological and radiological protection of European first responders in a CBRN crisis. terrorist attacks + non-intentional incidents Future Forces International 2014 Annual Conference, October 2014

4 Current PPE - Far from ideal As stated in the European Security Research Innovation Forum (ESRIF) final report 2009, current Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is: Heavy and bulky Restricts peripheral vision A physiological burden/heat stress interfering with operational duties of first responders Lack of related PPE standards (University of Illinois, 2008) Future Forces International 2014 Annual Conference, October 2014

5 Goals of IFREACT To develop a PPE system that: –provides adequate protection while keeping the burden of the system as low as possible; –includes solutions for respiratory protection and hand and foot protection; –Enhanced operational capability with variety of innovative add-on. –allows end-users to best select the PPE system needed for the mission and the expected threat via digital selection tool. Future Forces International 2014 Annual Conference, October 2014

6 IFREACT will go beyond the state-of-the-art For the 1st time, skin protection (suit) performance will be based on the assessment of: Realistic CBRN incident scenarios; Realistic protective requirements as to quantitative threat and exposure levels; Real life First Responder operational needs. Expected outcome: Adequate protection (re. threat & user needs), Lowest possible burden on the wearer, Simple to use, to maintain and to store. Optimally compatible with other level C PPE used by the wearer. ‘low lifecycle cost’, incl. costs of acquisition, use, storage & maintenance. Future Forces International 2014 Annual Conference, October 2014

7 HEAVY DUTY SUIT – Design Concept Balaklava Safe interface hood/respirator -> designed butyl ring to seal to respirator Suit human-engineered design safe interface: Saratoga © (1g = 500m 2 ) Outer textile layer, air permeable Oil and water repellent Future Forces International 2014 Annual Conference, October 2014

8 Beyond the state-of-the-art Respirator –Key to alleviating physiological and psychological burden of PPE –Increased flexibility –Panoramic visor –Aeraulic circuit Overpressure hood –textile materials that will insure, in addition to the function of protection, the direction the air flow to cool the head and reduce fogging of visor. –Over pressure maintained by blower system worn on body –This equipment should be also compatible with a helmet. Future Forces International 2014 Annual Conference, October 2014

9 Bio-dosimeter –Lightweight, portable –Airflow rate approx L per minute to match adult breathing rate –6 hours uninterrupted sampling –Gives access to the biological dose absorbed by the individual –Periodic reading of these aerosol collectors can provide evidence of biological incidents Sampling  Quick provisional identification by hand-held assays (immunoassay)  Further identification through laboratory analysis (PCR, culture, GC/MS…) Future Forces International 2014 Annual Conference, October 2014

10 Communications bubble Provides dedicated safe network Suitcase sized 1,500m coverage Communication via standard GSM phones Capacity for 28 simultaneous calls Hands free capability Future Forces International 2014 Annual Conference, October 2014

11 Add-ons - Head Up Display In the command Center: Track location and status of responders Issue orders via text message View video feed from field Communicate with field units head-up display: Directional information Time in hazardous zone Decon. stations Duties/tasks maps and localisation See messages / alarms Photograph and stream video Future Forces International 2014 Annual Conference, October 2014

12 What Next? First prototypes are available, modifications and adaptation based on user requirements Testing for physiological burden and protective performance are on going (Initial results encouraging). Integration of add-ons in one set of systems Exercise with fully integrated suits involving 30 responders in October Dissemination of project results Future Forces International 2014 Annual Conference, October 2014

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