Chemical, biological, and nuclear disasters are now well known, following the Tokyo subway attack in 1995 and the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks and their aftermath. However, even in light of these events, many local first responders are still not familiar with the potential implications of these events and how quality; industrial-grade protective gas masks can both guard them and help them protect their communities.
After the September 11 attacks, federal regulators asserted that there was no substantive air quality threat in the immediate area surrounding the former Twin Towers, so firefighters, police and paramedics from across the United States rushed to the scene, protected only by crude cloth gas masks. Tragically, many of these brave men and women have since fallen victim to various diseases, from asbestosis to lung cancer, and have yet to be fully compensated for their hardships.
The main lesson to be learned here is to adequately research the proper safety precautions before the event takes place, and do not rely on direct official reports, which can be misleading or based on incomplete information.
Terrorism experts, with alarming frequency, now predict that some form of a chemical attack, biological or nuclear weapons can not be avoided in the next decade, both in organized groups or "wolf" (like the anthrax attacks in October 2001). Thus, the need for heavy-duty, high-quality gas masks is now more pressing than ever.