Photo/Story Gallery 2004
Troopers Don Blue Suits
Trooper Leon Gill, Troop B’s Training Officer, recently provided instruction to all Troop B troopers in the proper use of their newly acquired Bio-Hazard Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) Suits, which are designed to protect against certain bio-hazardous chemicals. The PPE suits would be crucial for protection in the event of a biological or chemical related attack.
Pictured left, Trooper Leon Gill (right) has Trooper Robert Roux (left, in blue suit) serve as a model to show troopers how to properly wear and secure a Personal Protection Equipment Suit and right, Trooper Gill offers instructions on how to effectively aim and discharge a shotgun while wearing the PPE suit.
PPE training involved troopers showing proficiency in loading and effectively aiming both the shotgun and sidearm while wearing the special suits. Of course, all weapons were safely unloaded prior to the training. Aiming through the protective mask required a little adjustment, but could be done proficiently with some practice.
It quickly became evident in this training that everybody needed a little help just getting the suits on and ensuring they were properly sealed. One member of the class remarked that all the troopers in blue suits reminded him of a Smurf reunion. A little humor was welcomed to take the trooper’s minds off being so hot and uncomfortable inside the PPE suits
Pictured left, Troopers assist each other with donning the cumbersome PPE suits and right, Trooper Leon Gill (left) and Trooper Robert Roux (right) look on as each trooper demonstrates how to properly load and aim their weapon while wearing the PPE suit.