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DHS Picks Winner of Escape Respirator Prize Challenge

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The Department of Homeland Security's science and technology directorate has unveiled the winner of a competition that invited industry to build compact escape respirators for egress functions within chemical, biological, and radiological areas.

Elmridge Protection Products' iEvac E700 Mini-ReBreather concept will utilize an oral-nasal mask and an integrated carbon dioxide scrubber to provide controlled oxygen flow from a generator to a sealed hood, DHS said Thursday.

The company along with two other finalists received $50K in funds to build and demonstrate prototypes of their concepts to a group of judges as part of the Escape Respirator Prize Challenge.

“In today’s environment of rapidly-changing technology, S&T is proactively looking for emerging technology to respond to homeland security needs,” said Kathleen Kenyon, Prize Competition lead at DHS.

Elmridge will be awarded $100K in cash for the grand prize.