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Avon Protection Systems Receives NIOSH Approval for ST53 SCBA System
Date:3/10/2009

ST53 system combines Avon's FM53 mask with its ISI developed SCBA system

BALTIMORE, March 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Offering the latest in modular respiratory protection, Avon Protection Systems - a subsidiary of Avon Rubber p.l.c. - has received NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) approval for its new ST53 SCBA (self-contained breathing apparatus) system through its Avon-ISI division. The ST53 system combines Avon's tactical FM53 dual port mask with its ST Series SCBA system, allowing users to switch seamlessly between a positive-pressure SCBA and negative-pressure modes.

The system is approved for SCBA use in 30, 45 and 60 minute versions. The system has been tested independently for CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear) agents by RDECOM (Research, Development and Engineering Command) to the NIOSH test protocol and exceeds the requirements needed to protect against CBRN chemical agents.

"No other manufacturer has produced a system that's comparable to our ST53 system," said James Wilcox, Homeland Security business development manager for Avon Protection Systems. "Avon's ST53 equipment is the only system that provides users the ability to alternate between different pressure modes using the same mask without needing additional parts or compromising their protection."

Designed specifically for SWAT (special weapons and tactics) and tactical teams, bomb squads and other government agencies operating in dangerous environments, the system is the first fully modular SCBA system designed for the user by the user.

The black stealth design is lightweight, affordable and low maintenance. The system's dual-purpose mask requires users to only be fit tested once for different applications, reducing time and cost. The ST53 respirator's ergonomically designed backframe places the weight on the hips, rather than the back and shoulders, helping to g
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