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Respirator Roundup

The newest masks and air supplies for law enforcement.

March 01, 2004  |  by Shawn Hughes


The grand olde dame of the respirator industry, MSA (Mine Safety Appliances) has been a proud supplier of WMD-resistant respirators for many, many years. More than 7 million MSA gas masks have seen service with the U.S. military in the past century. Now many police agencies are using them as well.

The brother of the current issue gas mask for the U.S. Air Force, the Millennium respirator is the mainstay of the majority of U.S. SWAT and WMD units and other law enforcement teams wanting the cutting edge in air purifying respirators. Made of black Hycar, the flexible single-port sight lens allows wearers to get in close to their carbine sights or use optical devices like dosimeters and scopes. Fitted with the optional ESP II voice amplifier, the Millenium is the benchmark for all air purifying respirators.

The Millenium respirator from MSA was designed to allow wearers to easily shoot with their masks on.

To create the Blackhawk, MSA used its best technology in industrial hygiene and listened to input from the police special operations community. The result is an SCBA utilizing Kevlar straps, glass composite backplate (for lighter weight), heads-up display for critical functions, and choice of low-pressure L-30 Stealth or high-pressure H-30 Stealth, H-45 Low-Profile Stealth, and H-60 Stealth carbon fiber cylinders. The MSA proprietary SpeeD-ON Harness makes donning a snap.

Safety Tech International

Safety Tech, formerly Micronel Safety, is a source for some of the most advanced, most used respirator products in the military and law enforcement special operations field. The Safety Tech C420 Powered Air Purifying Respirator and M95 Air Purifying Respirator are in use worldwide, and are some of the fastest selling items with many of the more knowledgeable vendors.

The C420 PAPR provides a constant, filtered airflow to the user's facepiece, providing users with a higher safety factor due to positive pressure in the mask. The airflow helps prevent the wearer's facepiece from fogging and also greatly reduces breathing effort.

Unlike many unsealed commercial PAPR's, the C420 can be effectively decontaminated of NBC agents and other toxic industrial chemicals. Its blower is air-tight and waterproof (with the three protective port caps properly installed). and may be fully submerged for decontamination.

The Safety Tech M95 Full Facepiece Respirator is designed to meet the critical hazards encountered in warfare and incorporates the highest standards in NBC protection with unrivaled comfort, reliability and wearer acceptance. Maintenance of the M95 Full Facepiece is simple to learn because the entire thing, including the vital exhalation valve, is easy to dismantle and reassemble. The M95 also features an extremely wide field of vision, even downwards, due to the close-fitting design of the face mask.


Scott Health and Safety, a trusted name in respiratory safety products for the fire service and industrial hygiene industries, is making significant inroads into the police market with its Scott SWAT-Pak. The heart of the SWAT-Pak is a time tested, proven regulator and hose design used in the fire service, and is known for its durability. The SWAT-Pak sports a black Nomex tactical hood that attaches to the facepiece for added protection, as well as all black hardware and cylinder bag. This unit interfaces with all current Scott communications accessories.

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