MIAMI, June 11, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- In January 2019, Radiation Shield Technologies partnered with L2 Defense, Inc., Miami Dade Fire Rescue Department (MDFR) and the US Army North for two joint exercises involving a nuclear attack.
The first exercise was held at the Miami Dade Fire Rescue Headquarters Training Facility. This was a joint AV training challenge with 44 soldiers and MDFR personnel using RST's radiation and nuclear shielding devices. Emergency management personnel trained in the Demron Ice Suit, while also utilizing their IED RDD Shield and Two Ply-Torso Vest for enhanced radiation protection in multiple simulated nuclear situations. The RST product line provided complete protection during the exercise. According to RST's CEO, Ronald DeMeo M.D., "Our product exceeded expectations."
The second exercise was at the Homestead-Miami Speedway which was coordinated by L2 Defense, Inc.
This scenario simulated a terror attack involving Weapons of Mass Destruction that caused a section of the racetrack to collapse injuring and contaminating spectators during an event. U.S. Army North supported MDFR under their Incident Command structure to manage resources during this response. MDFR deployed RST's PPE's including Full Body Suits, Torso Vests and IED/RDD Shields. According to first responders RST's suits made a significant difference when working the rescue scenarios, describing the suits as, self-cooling, lightweight while allowing them to perform in a hot environment for extended time period.
"This exercise served not only to test our capabilities during a radiation event, it also provided key information on what equipment worked the best during long and extended hours of operation in a not so friendly environment as we may encounter during a radiation release. One of the key points to any successful HazMat operation is the protective garment utilized for the response. For this exercise we chose RST's ICE suit and Demron Full Body Suit suit because of its durability, weight and protection capabilities. Add to that other components like the radiation vest and the high energy nuclear shield and we are fully mission capable," said Lt. Alvaro Tonanez, Exercise Planner/Training Officer, Hazardous Materials Bureau with the Miami Dade Fire Rescue Department.
ABOUT RADIATION SHIELD TECHNOLOGIES (RST) RST is the global leader in the research, development, manufacturing and distribution of high energy anti-nuclear, biological, radiological, chemical and thermally protective garments. Demron® has been scientifically proven to shield against chemical, biological, nuclear and radiological hazards, reduces heat stress leaving its wearer unencumbered and fully mobile. (Certified to ASTM F1670 and ASTM F1671 standards). Demron®'s product line includes full body suits, blankets, vests and nuclear shields. It is used worldwide by NATO, NASA, every branch of the U.S. military, U.S. CST teams, FDNY, IAEC, DSTA, Pentagon Force Protection Agency and many international first responders and military teams in Japan, China, Iraq, Kuwait, South Korea, Pakistan, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, and Singapore.