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Pentagon Trains Workers to Use Gas Masks

The Pentagon has handed out 25,000 emergency gas masks to prepare defense employees for possible chemical or biological terror attacks. That completes about one-third of the effort started in late February, when officials began training an average of several hundred people a day in the use of “emergency escape hoods.” On Monday, they gave the masks to a few dozen members of the news media corps who work daily in the Defense Department headquarters. The masks are designed to give wearers up to about an hour of protection to flee chemical or biological contamination, officials said. Some 80,000 masks are to be made available for department employees and other workers as well as visitors at the Pentagon and its annexes in other office buildings throughout the Washington area. Workers normally keep their masks at their desks, but if a high-threat period is declared, they are to carry them at all times in a case that hooks onto their belts. Full Story

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