U.S. Army requests explosive suppressant technologies information for emergency responders

The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command at the Natick Solider Research, Development and Engineering Center recently requested information on explosive suppressant technologies to aid emergency responders in the event of a crisis.

The authors of the report said that the request for information, which is classified as a market survey, is intended to help emergency responders during crises for which they have no opportunity to plan. The information is intended to help ER personnel, emergency medical response personnel and all other first responders. The main objective is to study how ER personnel can safely respond to an incident with minimal personal protective equipment, as is common with unexpected crises, such as the Boston Marathon bombings.

"The purpose of this RFI is to investigate, identify, and outline existing and emerging technologies designed to provide suppression, deflection, and protection against the ballistic and blast effects of explosive incidents and mitigate collateral injury during ER operations," the authors said. "NSRDEC will document these technology product options collected from the RFI, and other sources, in a Market Survey report to be made available to the ER community for their awareness and consideration."

All interested parties are asked to include product performance reports and applicability to ER personnel in their responses. The army also asks the submissions to include a product's ease of use, mobility and deployment capacity.