June 10, 1999
NEWS RELEASE NO. 99-010
Trading Symbol VSE: CCB
US SEC Exemption No. 82-3378
RICHMOND, BC - Mr. Terence A.
Ibbetson, President of CON-SPACE Communications Ltd., (VSE:CCB)
announced today the receipt of an initial order, worth over $175,000,
from the U.S. Navy.
"This is the first order utilizing the Confined Space/Gas Free Communications Kit we configured specifically for the U.S. Navy," said Ibbetson.
Last January marked the end of a 5-year test and evaluation period by the U.S. Navy of the CON-SPACE equipment resulting in a Justification and Approval Report being issued by the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy, (Installations and Environment). This report actually approves the CON-SPACE communication kit for use by both the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps.
A number of these initial systems are destined for U.S. Naval Training Facilities throughout the world. The equipment will be used to train Navy and Marine Corps personnel responsible for Gas Free (Confined Space) Entry work. It is anticipated that the communication requirement satisfied by the CON-SPACE equipment will be written into the Navy's Safety Training curriculum.
Although the approval process appeared to take a long time, it was actually fast-tracked, pointed out Ibbetson. "Items used by the military must meet very demanding standards and prove themselves under all conditions before they can be accepted."
The safety of personnel working in hazardous locations onboard ships and at shore facilities is a top Navy priority. Naval Safety Regulations now state that there must be communication between the Safety Attendant and any confined space entrant(s) during work or rescue operations. Two-way radios are not appropriate in these situations due, in part, to a ship's steel construction which blocks the radio signals. CON-SPACE's unique equipment is designed to operate in such heavily shielded areas.
CON-SPACE is the industry leader in the manufacture of specialized voice communication equipment for confined spaces, hazardous environments and explosive atmospheres. Its equipment is widely used by industry, airlines, municipalities, governments, fire departments, rescue teams and militaries around the world. All branches of the U.S. Military currently use CON-SPACE equipment.
For more information, please call James L. Swanson, Chairman CON-SPACE COMMUNICATIONS LTD., (604) 244-9323, (800) 755-2528 in the U.S., or by e-mail [email protected]
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