From the moment you hear the alarm or suspect a
CBR attack, hold your breath until you can put on the
mask. You should be able to don (put on) and adjust your
mask within 10 seconds. If your eyes or face becomes
contaminated before you can get the mask on, the
contamination should be taken care of first, provided the
necessary materials are readily available. The most
important action is to don the mask immediately; then,
proceed with decontamination.
The MCU-2/P protective mask is designed to
provide full protection. It provides protection against
tactical concentrations of chemical and biological
agents, toxins, and radiological fallout particles. The
MCU-2/P mask also accommodates the use of the
The MCU-2/P protective mask (fig. 13-9) is built
with a silicone rubber facepiece. It has the following
Two voice emitters
A drinking tube
A flexible lens that lets you use binoculars,
gunsights, and other optical equipment; and the
option to put the filter canister on either side
T h e m a s k c a n b e w o r n o v e r a p p r o v e d
mask-compatible glasses. You can order compatible
glasses through your medical department. The large
lens size provides the user with a good all-around view.
CBR Protective Clothing
Basically, any clothing or coverall that covers the
body can provide a degree of protection from CBR
contaminants. However, the type of clothing and its
proper wear determine the amount of protection.
C H E M I C A L - P R O T E C T I V E
overgarment consists of two piecesa smock and
trousers (fig. 13-10). The smock has two layers of
materials: inner (antigas) and outer (monacrylic/nylon).
The smock is generously cut to allow complete freedom
of movement. It has a large front flap pocket for gloves,
and so forth, and a sleeve patch where you can place
detector paper for easy visibility. You can make quick
and easy adjustments with hook-and-pile fasteners at
the wrist and waist. The trousers are made of the same
two layers of material and have suspender-type fittings
located at the waist and across the shoulders.
Hook-and-pile fasteners are located at the base of each
l eg f o r a d j u s t m e n t . T h e c h e m i c a l - p r o t e c t ive
overgarment is issued in a plastic envelope that is
Figure 13-9.MCU-2/P protective mask.