Colonial Enforcement Filtration Mask (C.E.F.M.)

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Colonial Enforcement Filtration Mask (C.E.F.M.)

Post  DrakoWulf on Fri Sep 10, 2010 8:09 pm

Mark 3:

Origins and Function: Developed by Wrangler Protective Clothing and Uniform Industrial, the C.E.F.M. series was a line of successful field filtration masks for U.G.A.F. personnel. Currently the most senior in service and certainly the most early in high success rates, the Mark 3 beat both the Mark 1 and Mark 2 variants in dependability and functionality issues that led to the two designs being scrapped. Currently, the Mark 3 C.E.F.M. is utilized as the standard field mask for Internal Protection Units, issued in conjunction with the S.I.P.U. uniform. Units are required to wear the mask at all times while on duty according to dress regulation, primarily due to the head protection and constant air filtration it grants the wearer. The mask itself is made of two parts, a back portion, and a front face cover. The back or 'rear' section of the mask is equipped by pulling the wearers head through a hole in the bottom section, fitting specifically to the users head measurements. The back portion will at first only protect the back and sides of the users neck, but is quite effective due to it's blade and shrapnel resistant material. On either side of the rear section is a pronounced circular device with a small extended 'handle' that may be turned in a circular rotation to raise and lower a protective steel frame over the back of the users head. In addition to serving as double protection, the frame is what makes it possible to attach the front section of the mask. The front piece, in question, is the actual tempered plastic mask that solely comes in a plain white color and is equipped with a long-lasting filter function and tinted plexi-glass eyepieces. The front piece connects with the back piece on the jugular section of the mask, as well as at the tip of the steel frame. When attached, the mask becomes air tight, filtering air precisely and offering universal head protection for the user. The helmet also features a built in RadTech RS30 radio transmitter that can be interacted with via a hip mounted console.

Mark 4:

Origins and Function: Literally the exact same in materials and design as the Mark 3, the Mark 4 was designed specifically for use by Internal Protection Special Operation Unit and issued with the S.I.P.U. Special Division Variant. The masks differences are largely in it's appearance, featuring glowing yellow eyepieces (which can be replaced by standard tinted ones, which is often preferred to be done), and a cosmetically different filter appearance. From the nose to the base of the chin, the mask features an almost 'vent' like appearance where air is exhaled from the suit. This design was done to try and solve the issue of exhaled air not fully leaving the Mark 3 helmet and quickly causing the air in the mask to grow stale and begin making breathing difficult when in intense situations. Although the Mark 4 effectively ended this issue, the quicker expulsion of air would cause the users breath rate to increase and dry out the dual filters (one stationed on either side of the 'breathing gap') faster then usual.

Mark 5:

Origins and Function: Made specifically for the Colonial Army and some protection agencies of the G.S.A.F. in 2197 by Wrangler Protective Clothing and Uniform Industrial, the Mark 5 was a more then stable successor to the Mark 3 and Mark 4 variants. While it's older brothers remain in service in the Internal Protection Agencies, the Mark 5 has found it's home on the actual frontlines. When Colonial soldiers require a filtration mask, this is what they reach for. Unlike it's predecessors though, the Mark 5 lacks the detachable two-part function, requiring the user to pull on the entire mask. Due to it's steel top and vulcanized rubber lower portion, the helmet / mask can be somewhat difficult to put on for those unfamiliar with the design and handling of it. The mask takes a step back and returns to the standard placement of filters like the Mark 3, but features some differences. The upper filter is no longer for air exhaling, but is now also a second filter similar to what the Mark 4 attempted to incorporate. Using both simultaneously can be a waste however, as was discovered in the Mark 4.. so the mask takes specialized filters that can be 'sealed' by turning the filter's main body to use only one in any given instant. For those who still find using both a fruitful endeavor, the option is still available. For releasing stale air, multiple small holes exist on either side of the mask's lower section to release air in a much more adaptable way then the Mark 3 or Mark 4 predecessors. While the mask lacks a built in RadTech RS30 transmitter, it's possible to equip a headset to the mask through magnetic attachments (As seen in left side of the picture). Do note that the Mark 5 that is put into military service is more specifically the 'Mark 5a', a similar version dubbed the Mark 5b appearing on the civilian market.

Mark 6:

Origins and Function: Made quite recently by Wrangler Protective Clothing and Uniform Industrial, the Mark 6 helmet was made in 2363 in hopes of replacing the old design of the Mark 5. Although the process of phasing out the old version has not yet been ventured into, the Mark 6 has been put into field test service as the field mask of specific special forces units and was even tested by Vanguard units outside their P.V.C.A. suits. The mask thus far has been dubbed an undoubted success, addressing many of the issues in the Mark 5 version. While the Mark 5's air release system was successful, the multiple holes on either side became troublesome to clean out from mold build-up and potential dust in certain sandy environments. The Mark 6 also addressed the problem users had when equipping the Mark 5, by returning to a similar 'two piece' design from the Mark 3 and Mark 4 stages. However, it still maintained the protection the Mark 5 granted over it's previous versions. While similar in shape to the 3 and 4, the front piece of the mask was made from the same steel frame as the back portion of the helmet, as opposed to tempered plastic. The back sections steel was also reinforced for extra resistance in the field. A notable feature of the mask was the strange 'band' that surrounded the entire mask. The 'band' in question functions as a protective kevlar that borders the upper and lower sections of the mask, and acts to add potentially assisted protection. The padding it offers, while not able to stop bullets, can withstand blows that might break the users nose or jaw hinges. The neck of the mask also boasts a protective vulcanized cut-resistant rubber, which manages to allow the user head movement while still keeping their neck relatively straight and preventing possible crippling breaks. The filter system has also been revamped as briefly mentioned above, maintaining the 'sealable' dual filters, but placing them on either side of the breathing apparatus in the center in similar design to the Mark 4. While much bulkier then any other version, thus far the Mark 6 has managed to succeed all expectations and prove well in the field during the Dominion - Federation war.

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