Radiation Shield Technologies (RST) Develops Demron ICE For Miami Dade Fire Rescue and it was Deployed in a Joint Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Exercise with MDFRD and US Army Reserves

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