The New York City Fire Department (FDNY) has selected Radiation Shield Technologies’ (RST) new Demron personal protection armor as part of its commitment to firefighter safety.
RST President Ronald DeMeo, M.D., said Demron is the world’s first fabric that provides multi-hazard protection from nuclear, biological, chemical and bomb and ballistic threats, as well as infrared radiation and heat.
He said FDNY will incorporate Demron in its chemical protective clothing (CPC) upgrade program to enhance its response capabilities with universal protection. Hazardous Materials Company 1, one of the first FDNY teams to deploy Demron, is using RST’s Demron Two-Ply Radiation Torso Vest, its Demron-W High Energy Nuclear/Ballistic IED RDD RED Shield and its Crew Protection Blanket. Those technologies maximize safety while minimizing the time, manpower and resources required to respond to potential emergencies, the company said.
The vest may be worn under most hazmat suits to protect vital organs, the thyroid and groin, according to RST. The nuclear/ballistic shield is a flame and acid resistant blanket that helps contain blasts and high-energy radiation sources and can help prevent or minimize catastrophes, according to the company. The Crew Protection Blanket provides complete nuclear shielding for first responders and may also be used to transport radiation victims without contaminating others.
Demron consists of a radiopaque nanopolymeric compound fused between fabric layers and manufactured into lightweight garments, including full-body suits, vests, blankets and medical X-ray vests and aprons. The product line includes Demron-W, which has National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Class 2 Certification for the 1994-2007 Standard on Protective Ensembles for First Responders to CBRN Terrorism Incidents.