EOD Suit & Helmet
The EOD (Explosive Ordinance
Disposal) suit is built of carefully distributed soft and rigid ballistic materials, and with the helmet, provides maximum protection.
An EOD 9 bomb suit consists of trousers, groin protector, jacket and
helmet. Suit material is rip stop and washable. The suit and helmet
provide modular protection and operational flexibility for CBRNE
(Chemical, Biological, Radiation, Nuclear and Explosive) missions. The
same suit can fit both short and very tall technicians.
Suit controls are worn on a sleeve where they can be seen, light up at
night, and are at the bomb technicianís fingertips.
The Bomb Helmet
An EOD 9 helmet provides balanced protection against overpressure,
fragmentation, impact, heat and flame. Directional searchlights
are integrated into the helmet. For rest periods and to make it easier
to put on or take off the helmet, the locking visor can be raised with
one hand, using the thumb and finger to flip the visor up.
Another helmet option is a ballistic shield visor that is worn over the
normal visor, although the viewing slits may limit visibility. A helmet
retention system stabilizes it at the critical moment in cases of blast
or blunt impact, and an adjustable comfort liner allows a single helmet
shell to fit a wide range of head sizes.
The newly designed EOD 9 helmets have a defogger, onboard backup power
batteries, and environmental awareness system. To keep dust and
particles out, the helmets are built with internal ductwork, two
ventilation fans and a filter.
Helmet communications systems can either be hardwire or wireless.
Using either system, the support element at the command center has a
headset and recorder to monitor and record the information the operator
These helmets also have an automatic decibel control that will cut out
detonation blast noise, protecting the wearer's hearing.
The new advances in protective equipment technology are the reason that
they are now using the EOD 9 suits and helmet. The nation's protectors,
the bomb technicians, are themselves being provided the tools for their