There are many respirators out there for police officers to choose from. Here are some of the best units available that meet the special needs of the police officer.
Yes, that's right. The same company known for making adhesive products and high-visibility products (think Scotchlite reflective vehicle striping) also makes the gas mask currently in use by the U.S. Army and Marine Corps in Iraq. The civilian version of this unit, the FR40, is now available to police
Available in small, medium, or large, the FR40 is made of a soft, conformable silicone material with a single flanged edge for a secure seal. An optional butyl rubber second skin fits easily over the facepiece to help protect it from advanced chemical agents. The mask has dual lenses, which mesh well with the optional prescription insert.
Avon rubber has been producing respirator products in Britain and elsewhere overseas for years. Realizing the need for top-shelf respirator gear by U.S. police officers, the company now sells the civilian versions of its battle-tested S10 military respirators in the United States.
The Avon AR10 Police Respirator is a variant of the successful military NBC S10 General Service Respirator, which has been in service with British forces since 1986. The AR10, highly identifiable by its unique voicemitter and plano eyepieces, can easily accept tinted outsert lenses, and is supplied without a drinking system.
Interspiro has quietly been making very stable SCBAs in the United States since the 1980s. Many of "those in the know" use their products. One such product, the Interspiro Spiromatic, was one of the first SCBAs to receive a NIOSH CBRN designation for chemical resistance.
The Spiromatic S-4 also recently received NIOSH CBRN approval. It was designed to be rugged and comfortable. The mask features a flexible system for easy fit of accessories such as radio, eyeglass kit, and extra air supply.
The company's latest system, a combined SCBA and gas mask, is still in development.
While a newcomer to the police respiratory products field, ISI has shot out of the gate with what has to be one of the most innovative SCBA designs on the market.
The ISI Stealth, which is an all black Viking ST, features hands-free communications via an in-mask waterproof microphone, a unique earphone, and a radio link to your existing radio. The double curvature, optically correct lens provides a greater field of vision and easier maneuvering in tight areas than many other facemasks. And the separate regulator doesn't inhibit this view as mask-mounted regulators can.
A unique valve system allows one-handed switching from ambient to bottle air. The system's control console not only allows simple operation of all SCBA functions, but also contains a built-in voice amplifier. It also allows one-click stealth mode, which deactivates the amplifier and locator lights. An ergonomically designed backframe places weight on the hips instead of the wearer's back, allowing longer use with less fatigue.
ISI's Frontier is an SCBA made for first responders to exceed industry standards and be economical. The Frontier's few and uncomplicated components make it easy to use. The compact demand valve (CDV) is ISI's newest high flow regulator that's the smallest on the market. Three optional positive pressure facepieces are available and provide a protection factor of 10,000. Handles built into the backframe make it easy to carry and take anywhere.