Avon Protection – CBRN Respiratory Protection at its Best
Avon Protection is the recognized global market leader in respiratory protection system technology. An unrivalled 80 year pedigree in military mask design and manufacture has placed Avon Protection at the heart of numerous national defense and tactical Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) deployment strategies.
Avon Protection's expanding global client base now includes military forces, civil and first line defense troops, emergency service teams and industrial, marine, mineral and oil extraction site personnel. All put their trust in Avon's advanced respiratory protection solutions to shield them from every possible threat.
It has built up a unique capability in this area based on a range of advanced CBRN technologies in respirator design, filtration and compressed air breathing apparatus. With new conflicts and growing threat scenarios creating additional daily risks for individuals in military, law enforcement, first responder and emergency service applications, Avon maintains a global market leading position by investing in continual research and development to meet changing operational requirements.
Military CBRN Respirators and Masks
Avon Protection offers a comprehensive range of CBRN Respirators/Masks that have been designed to cope with the fiercest challenges from specific CBRN situations that face today’s military and first responders.
Each solution has been developed for the operational user when in a high risk environment. In terms of actual benefits, all of Avon’s respirators are quick to don, comfortable to wear, provide the highest protection factor, enable the user to have a wide field of view and include a communications port compatible with all current specialist radio systems. They also come in multiple sizes, are robust and easy to decontaminate and maintain. In terms of the respirators themselves, they include:
50 Series of Military Mask/Respirators
The 50 series is the most comprehensive set of respiratory solutions on the market today. Through this range, Avon has introduced novel ground breaking technology to the industry with features such as a wide panoramic optically correct flexible polyurethane visor for maximum field of view and enhanced weapons compatibility.
Included in the 50 series are the FM50 (a military mask), the C50 and FM53.
The C50 General Service Masks
The C50 General Service Mask was developed in line with the latest NATO requirements, and has achieved both CE and NIOSH CBRN certification. It gives the user unprecedented levels of protection, comfort and versatility in the most hostile of environments.
It offers full integration with helmets, CBRN protective clothing and communication systems. With the appropriate filter, the C50 can protect against a wide range of CBRN threats including chemical warfare agents, toxic industrial chemicals and materials, biological and radiological hazards and riot agents.
The FM53 Respirator Mask
The CE approved FM53 is the only mask of its kind, offering users the highest levels of versatility, comfort and protection. It features a lever which allows the wearer to easily switch between negative (filter) and positive (SCBA) pressure with a simple operator movement. Its unique shape allows for the easy incorporation of a helmet interface, and it includes a superior communication interface allowing dual coms and VPU use, as well as an ability to be used with SCBA, PAPR and filters.
It also includes a drinking system that is capable of drawing half a litre of water in three minutes to rehydrate the specialist user during periods of high intensity workloads. With the added benefit of CE certification, users from both the military and civil sectors now have a multifunctional mask that they can use in any given CBRN situation without the need to change equipment.
The ST53 Multi-role Respiratory System
The CE approved ST53™ is the most technically advanced respiratory system on the marketplace today, and is now available to civilian organizations such as police forces and emergency response teams. The ST53™ offers a selection of respiratory possibilities when in the heat of a threat scenario.
With the FM53 at its heart, and a choice of short (seven or 14 minutes) or long duration (up to approximately 60 minutes) compressed air cylinders, it is possible to enter a location on filter mode, assess the situation, and then change to SCBA mode if the need arises without having to leave and change equipment. With a range of accessories available as well, it is the perfect versatile system for building and confined space entry where the threats are unknown.
FM12 CBRN Respirator
The FM12 is one of Avon’s legacy masks, and is probably the most widely used respirator across the world by military and law enforcement organizations. It provides high levels of respiratory protection against both classical chemical warfare agents and toxic industrial materials.
It has CE and NIOSH accreditation, and is the mask of choice for the Quick Don CBRN ensemble – a complete CBRN personal protection equipment suit for the UK police that can be donned in five minutes.
The NH15 Emergency Respirator Hood
The NIOSH approved NH15 is the smallest single use Emergency Hood on the market. It gives the wearer a high level of respiratory, eye and face protection against all airborne CBRN threats and liquid agent splashes for a minimum of 15 minutes, enabling users to evacuate from a contaminated area. The clear material it is manufactured from has been designed to aid the wearer with recognition of other people and objects as well as allow for superior visual communication. Finally, the NH15 is compact, easy to don and has the ability to be stored in a glove compartment, in desk drawers or worn on a utility belt, allowing easy access and therefore an effective response.