DSEI 2017

Protecting against chemical warfare [DSEI17D4]

15 September 2017

Avon Protection (Stand N9-260) is showing its latest escape hood for the first time.

The Combo hood protects individuals from the effects of carbon monoxide and chemical, biological, radioactive and nuclear (CBRN) substances, and has proven its worth in the most demanding theatres of war in Syria and Iraq over the past three years.

‘‘The psychological impact of chemical weapon use cannot be overstated,’’ said Hamish de Bretton-Gordon, managing director of CBRN at Avon Protection. ‘‘The common cry of people in Syria and Iraq is ‘we can hide from bombs and bullets but not gas’.’’ The Peshmerga had no gas masks despite the use of these types of weapons, so Avon provided 500 examples, which were delivered to Mosul in April 2016. The hoods have also been delivered to 48 Syrian hospitals and have proven effective on a number of occasions.

Avon says the threat of a nuclear strike from North Korea is also increasing the demand for such technology in the Far East.

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