Great Britain purchases masks to fight effects of bioterror

The government of Great Britain has recently signed a contract with Scott Health and Safety for the purchase of new masks to protect against the effects of biological and chemical weapons.

The U.K. Ministry of Defense deal is for at least 300,000 general service respirator masks to be delivered over the next three years. Forty-thousand units have already been made, according to the BBC.

“This is real cutting edge stuff,” Nigel Holmes, Scott’s global military and civil defense director, said, according to the BBC. “The masks have been made to suit the new challenges of chemical and biological warfare.”

Scott is considered to be a leader in the respiratory protection equipment market. Their products include civil and military defense masks, filters, powered breathing systems, self-contained breathing apparatus and escape sets.

Scott has 30 years experience supplying respiratory protection equipment to militaries. Over the course of the last several years, Scott has made significant investments at their List X Skelmersdale facility to bring the general service respirator into service.

Besides respirators, Scott also manufactures gas detection platforms, including the Prime Alert Bio-detection system, which can detect 13 high-priority biowarfare bacterial agents.

Scott is owned by Tyco Fire and Security, a division of Tyco International.