The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, National Urban Security Technology Laboratory (NUSTL) is seeking information on commercially available Air Purifying Escape Respirators (APER) approved for use in Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) hazards.
NUSTL issued a formal Request for Information (RFI) this week, seeking APER with the following characteristics:
- Quick donning, short duration respiratory protection
- Designed for escape purposes only;
- Certified by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) as compliant with CBRN requirements
NUSTL is part of the System Assessment and Validation for Emergency Responders (SAVER) Program to assist emergency responders making procurement decisions. Located within the Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) of DHS, the SAVER Program conducts objective assessments and validations on commercial equipment and systems, and provides those results along with other relevant equipment information to the emergency response community in an operationally useful form.
Information provided by the SAVER Program will be shared nationally with the responder community, providing a life- and cost-saving asset to DHS, as well as to Federal, state, and local responders.
Organizations wishing to respond are required to complete an online market survey for each product.
All information received will be treated as public knowledge and may be used in SAVER Program documentation; therefore, vendors should not submit proprietary information in response to this RFI.
The submitted information will be evaluated for inclusion in SAVER projects and reports. Determination as to an individual product’s suitability will be made by NUSTL based on the objectives of this request.
The response deadline is November 10, 2014.