DHS S&T Announces Finalists in $250K Escape Respirator Challenge
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) https://www.dhs.gov/science-and-technology“>Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) announced three finalists for the first stage of the $250,000 https://www.respiratorchallenge.org/finalists“>Escape Respirator Challenge.
S&T issued the https://www.respiratorchallenge.org“>Challenge seeking new concepts for a compact, discreetly-carried escape respirator that can be donned quickly for safe egress from smoke-filled, oxygen-deficient, and chemical, biological, and radiological (CBR) environments.
“One of DHS S&T’s key priorities is to equip our first responders with technologies that allow them to do their jobs safely and effectively against all hazards,” said William N. Bryan, Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Under Secretary for Science and Technology. “I am eager to see the innovative ideas from these finalists developed into technologies that can help first responders evacuate from toxic or smoke-filled environments.”
Although commercial solutions for escape hoods or respirators exist, most currently-available models lack an oxygen delivery mechanism for respiratory protection when worn in an oxygen-deficient environment, such as a smoke-filled room. They also do not have the small form factor, in packaging or weight reduction, sought through this Challenge. Visit the http://www.respiratorchallenge.org“>Escape Respirator Challenge website for more details about DHS S&T’s technology design specifications.
The https://www.dhs.gov/science-and-technology/news/2018/12/13/news-release-st-launches-250k-escape-respirator-challenge“>first stage of the Challenge called upon the innovation community to submit relevant, useable, effective and feasible concepts that provide oxygen and protect the user against aerosolized CBR hazards. Each finalist will receive $50,000 to expand their concepts and develop working prototypes and advance to Stage II where they will demonstrate their prototypes and compete for a final cash prize of $100,000.
The finalists are: