What is a VRU Escape Hood?

A fast donning head and respiratory protective hood, the Victim Rescue Unit (VRU) Escape Hood is the most compact,  lightweight, totally-enclosed, oxygen-supplied Smoke/Chem-Bio-Rad protection hood available today.

Unlike other products on the market, the VRU is the ONLY Escape Hood that provides an aviator grade oxygen cylinder allowing you to take fresh oxygen with you!

In an emergency, it allows you to see, breathe, and escape.

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WHO SHOULD USE A VRU ESCAPE HOOD?

The VRU Escape Hood is meant for anyone who desires to be better prepared to escape a dangerous environment involving smoke, harmful gases, or other life-threatening situations. It is appropriate for everything from commercial office buildings to family residences and fits men, women, and children of virtually all shapes and sizes. This is the first time and the only place it is being offered to the general public.

Select list of VRU Escape Hood applications:

  • High-rise apartments/condos
  • Office buildings
  • Hotels
  • Private family residences 
  • Subway/METRO
  • Underground tunnels 
  • Government buildings
  • Private aircraft 
  • Boats and yachts 
  • Panic rooms
  • VIP green rooms
  • Executive boardrooms
  • Survival shelters 

The VRU Escape Hood offered here is a product of Essex Industries that offers a special neck seal that protects against chemical and biological hazards. It is being made available for public purchase for the first time.

Washington, DC Metro Line fire L'Enfant Plaza Station (Image courtesy USAtoday.com)
Washington, DC Metro Line fire L’Enfant Plaza Station (Image courtesy USAtoday.com)
Washington, DC Metro Line fire L'Enfant Plaza Station (Image courtesy USAtoday.com)
Washington, DC Metro Line fire L’Enfant Plaza Station (Image courtesy USAtoday.com)

The VRU Escape Hood protects the user’s head and vision from fire and smoke and respiratory system from toxic gases, nerve agents like Sarin, choking agents like Mustard and radiological particles from dirty bomb or nuclear fallout for up to 60 minutes.*

The performance and versatility of the VRU Escape Hood have made it the protective hood of choice for U.S. government agencies, military, law enforcement, homeland defense, first responders, high-rise building occupants and industrial companies both domestically and overseas.

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VRU Escape Hood (here noted as an Emergency Passenger Oxygen System) on baord an LC-130

Now, it’s available to the public and can be ordered right from this website.

* Usage times vary based on the physical activity and breathing patterns of the user.

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