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(WDP)   UK emergency services to be equipped with only a plastic yellow suit, a bucket, a jumbo sponge, a bottle of washing up liquid and some bleach tablets in event of chemical attack   (thisisgloucestershire.co.uk) divider line 65
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2003-02-10 08:24:37 PM  
DemonOfTheFall
Meye sediments eggs-act-lee.

/spool chuck, teh pubic skool cistern, anned Mike-row-sloth hour too blayhem four minnie pablums
 
2003-02-10 08:41:15 PM  
One has to wonder what kinds of WMD Bush or GB would turn loose on a country that was stupid enough to use biological or chemical weapons on the English speaking peoples.

If you for one moment think that the US or GB doesn't have the odd Sarin warhead laying around you're kidding yourself. Of course there's still the gold standard of WMD's, the nuk-u-lar warhead.

Suffering a bio-chem attack is one thing, finding the guilty party to point at is entirely another. We figured old Osama was holed up in Afganastan, and made smoking rubble out of several of their cities, but we don't have his head on a stick yet.
 
2003-02-10 08:46:50 PM  
Sounds about right :) both as its the usual state of our preparedness, and that such things can be surprisingly effective. There's not much that can survive a strong bleach solution, or the kitchen detergent (as W.U.L. is also known - what's wrong with the name? that's all you use it for.. right? cleaning your dishes..) in cases eg of ammonia based chemicals and the like. It's no more or less than the usual laboratory procedure for dealing with microbial agents, and chemical spill contingencies - just add in a hosepipe (for a constant high-volume water supply) and a method to autoclave the immediate area (a set of time-coursed mini-nukes, after you've layed down enough water), and you're all set.

Plus the guys working outside rather than in research get a funky yellow mac to wear. If you're gonna die from cleaning up a biological attack you may as well look the part.
(what, no rubber gloves or filter masks? those aren't exactly expensive)

What, the USA has anything better, rather than similar gear under a fancy name?
 
2003-02-10 08:51:39 PM  
(well i suppose oxygen masks wouldn't go amiss, and a few gross of bandages/body bags, but *apart* from that...)
 
2003-02-10 08:55:32 PM  
Frazetta Chick: Yes. I'm waiting for some plastic surgeon to screw up, inject too much Botox, end off permanently paralyzing the patient's face. Then we'll watch the fur fly. Apparently it does not occur to these people that injecting oneself with an extremely toxic substance is NOT a good idea...
 
2003-02-10 09:06:39 PM  
Botox also makes it impossible to exhibit certain facial expressions. Like concern. How are you going to look serious ladies if you can't scrunch up your brow? This is probably the kiss of death for the professional woman, though I can see how it'd be beneficial for one who feels "kept".
 
2003-02-10 09:20:32 PM  
Zebcot:I remember spending hours in the "old style" cotton, impregnated with some green wax with bleach {or something?} suit that the Navy used, way back when. I hope that you were never forced into one of those torture instruments. The waxy shiat used to rub off on your uniform and skin, leaving you with a greenish cast, and with a delightful odor.
 
2003-02-10 09:27:30 PM  
If you for one moment think that the US or GB doesn't have the odd Sarin warhead laying around you're kidding yourself. Of course there's still the gold standard of WMD's, the nuk-u-lar warhead.

Hahaha...the "odd" Sarin warhead?

I believe that the USA still has a chemical and nuclear stockpile well capable of wiping many small countries off the map entirely. Blister agents(mustard gas), nerve agents (VX), you name it we've got it. Any country the size of Iraq would be pissing in the wind by using chemical or bio weapons--they might take out ONE major city, but the counterattack would make their entire country cease to exist.

The fact that one of our stockpiled nerve gases is officially known as "Agent GB" is not comforting, is it?
 
2003-02-10 09:31:17 PM  
Almost forgot, GB is the very same nerve gas popularly known as " Sarin"

So, good choice of example, Wanda!
 
2003-02-10 09:31:22 PM  
In other news..... Standard procedure when faced with a nuclear attack is to stand with your back towards the blast, put your head between your legs, and kiss your ass goodbye!
 
2003-02-10 10:52:31 PM  
Actually, this isn't as scary as it sounds. I've been through the US military chemical warfare live-agent training course, and what did we use to decontaminate the nerve agent with? Good old Chlorox bleach (actually a US military decon solution, but it's the same damn stuff, just given a different name and serial number).

First rule of chemical-biological defense: Keep clean.
 
2003-02-10 11:36:10 PM  
Ishidan

Smaalpox does exist. The former Soviet Union adnits to open air testing of chem-bio cocktails during the last days of the cold war, and they also admit they have no idea if any of these items are missing. As a former Technical Escort/EOD specialist,(54B2HJ5/55D),this is about all I would want untrained people to have.
 
2003-02-10 11:42:31 PM  
WickedWanda
"One has to wonder what kinds of WMD Bush or GB would turn loose on a country that was stupid enough to use biological or chemical weapons on the English speaking peoples."

Acctually according to the "Geneva accord on chemical and biological wepons" of 1972 "The United States will never initiate a chemical or biological attack...we do reserve the right to respond with either chemical or nuclear wepons if attacked"
 
2003-02-11 07:10:24 AM  
Of course, if you're British, combined with your stiff upper lip and old Imperial resolve, even the Heat-death of the Universe can be survived.
Huzzah!
 
2003-02-11 02:22:49 PM  
"BUCKET AND SPONGE FOR 999 TEAMS"

999 eh? that's awfully similar to 666...

I smell a satanic one world government conspiracy here...
 
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