VANCOUVER, BC--(Marketwired - June 28, 2016) - Further to a July 2015 News Release announcing a cooperative agreement between wholly-owned subsidiary, Protect The Force Inc. ("PTF") and the North Carolina State University ("NCSU"), Mission Ready Services Inc. ("Mission Ready" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE: MRS) is pleased to announce the expansion of the program with an additional 176 uniforms requested for further systems-level testing by the NCSU and field testing to be conducted by the United States Department of Homeland Security.
In cooperation with NCSU, PTF has been developing and refining an Advanced Multipurpose Base ensemble for Emergency Responders ("AMBER") for the Department of Homeland Security. The AMBER project aims at developing a next generation uniform that integrates state of the art technologies including flame resistance, blood-borne pathogen protection, water repellency, improved comfort, integrated knee pads, high visibility features among other features.
The award follows a successful initial 14-month subcontract through Prime Contractor, NCSU - Textile Protection and Comfort Center ("TPACC") for the development of 150 prototypes for testing and evaluation.
PTF's Chief Technical Officer, Francisco Martinez states, "The PTF team is exceedingly proud to have been chosen by NCSU and by DHS to continue to advance this project and to provide final deliverables in this multi-year contract. The resulting uniforms are a leap ahead in technology with features and protective technologies that will revolutionize the industry and increase the performance and protection levels of First Responders. It is an honor to play a significant role as the AMBER uniform transitions from a concept to a cutting-edge final product."
In addition to the provision of 176 additional uniforms, PTF will coordinate -- through the approval process developed by Underwriters Laboratory (UL) -- the certification of materials, and ensemble, to meet the NFPA 1975: Standard on Station/Work Uniforms for Emergency Services. NFPA 1975 safeguards emergency services personnel on the job by establishing requirements for flame-resistant station uniform clothing that won't cause or exacerbate burn injury. NFPA 1975 provisions apply to design, performance, testing and certification of non-primary protective work apparel and the individual garments comprising work apparel. In addition, this document specifies criteria for thermally stable textiles that will not rapidly deteriorate, melt, shrink, or adhere to the wearer's skin, and also provides optional requirements and tests to verify flame resistance, odor resistance, water resistance, and insect repellency.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is a global nonprofit organization, established in 1896, devoted to eliminating death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards.
Founded in 1896, NFPA delivers information and knowledge through more than 300 consensus codes and standards, research, training, education, outreach and advocacy; and by partnering with others who share an interest in furthering our mission. NFPA membership totals more than 60,000 individuals around the world.
About North Carolina State University - T-PACC
North Carolina State University is a public, coeducational, research university located in Raleigh, North Carolina, United States. Located in the North Carolina State University College of Textiles, T-PACC incorporates a comprehensive infrastructure of equipment and personnel to address the need for integrated investigations on all aspects of the protection and comfort of clothing. T-PACC is a broad base facility with unique scientific abilities that permit scientific evaluations of comfort and protection from fabric swatch level all the way to full ensemble systems.
About Protect The Force Inc.
Protect The Force is a strategic consulting firm specializing in providing leading manufacturers with relationship management, product development, acquisition & contracting expertise, and sales & marketing support geared towards successfully selling to the U.S. Federal Government. Protect The Force has a robust infrastructure comprised of a network of industry professionals, an efficiently-coordinated supply chain, an unparalleled dealer organization, and a leading edge research and development faculty and offers over 100 years of combined experience in developing products, contracting, and selling to the federal government, first responder and tactical markets through open-market procurements, teaming arrangements and a variety of federal contract tools.
About Mission Ready
MRSI's mission is to save lives and enhance the performance of military personnel, first responders, and those who protect us by working to ensure they are equipped with the best possible personal protective equipment.
Headquartered in Vancouver, BC, Mission Ready has three distinct, synergistic operating divisions:
- Strategic consulting services and manufacturers representation
- Equipment inspection, cleaning/decontamination and repair services of personal protection equipment
- Product research and development
Mission Ready's management team offers over 100 years of combined industry experience and is composed of industry experts in developing products, contracting, and selling to the federal government, first responders and tactical markets through open market procurements, teaming arrangements, and a variety of federal contract tools.
Mission Ready Services Inc.
President & CEO
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