ABSTRACT

CBRNE Up to Standards   [open pdf - 119KB]

"A firefighter approaches a burning building . . . an emergency medical services worker reaches victims of an accident involving a chemical spill . . . a law enforcement officer investigates the opening of a suspicious package filled with powder. Foremost on their minds: whether their respiratory equipment is working properly and providing the protection they need to stay alive. In 1999 - 2 years before the equipment needs of emergency responders were brought to the forefront by the events of September 11, 2001 - the Federal Government initiated a program to coordinate the development and implementation of standards and testing programs for the protective equipment emergency responders need in incidents involving chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, or explosive (CBRNE) devices. Congress directed the Office of Justice Programs' National Institute of Justice (NIJ) to do this work under the Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996. NIJ funded the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Office of Law Enforcement Standards (OLES) to do the work in accordance with the national strategy developed by the Interagency Board for Equipment Standardization and Interoperability."

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Date:
2006
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Public Domain
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Source:
Tech Beat (Summer 2006)
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