The U.S. Air Force Material Command recently announced a requirement for brand name First Defender RMX S-1 hazardous material detectors for identification of explosive and chemical material during Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) emergency operations.
“The inability for EOD to accurately identify hazardous materials when arriving on a scene puts first responders at unnecessary risk. Identification allows first responders to effectively calculate hazardous fragmentation, blast, exclusion areas distances, as well as identify if substance or device is safe to transport,” states the announcement.
The solicitation also cites the following features as reasons for choosing the First Defender RMX:
- -Preservation of evidence
- -Submersible for decontamination
- -Certified for field use under MIL-STD-810G
- -Unique point and shoot sampling prevents personnel exposure
- -Updatable and expansive threat library for explosives, toxic chemicals, and chemical warfare agents and precursors
The contracting action was announced under Solicitation Number: F2K2AC3206A002.
Editor’s Note: While the periodic acquisition of laboratory or field detection equipment is commonplace, we selectively cover these activities for insight into the research, acquisition and mission priorities of CBRN and biodefense related organizations.