Bomb suits worn by explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) technicians do not provide the wearer with sufficient visibility and maneuverability to adequately access tools such as a flashlight, wire cutters, knife, and other instruments required for their tasks. EOD personnel can carry tools in a bag but that means searching in a closed area for the right piece of equipment. And, due to the design of bomb suits, it is difficult to wear a tool belt. To address the need to have bomb disposal and diffusion tools readily available, Navy researchers have developed a torso mounted tool holder. Tools are secured to a chest pad by hook and loop materials (Velcro). For tools that do not conform to being secured to the holder, a closable pouch is attached. As an added feature the tool holder has a handle that enables easier removal of both the tool holder and the attached upper portion of the EOD suit.
- Tool carrier system does not interfere with the placement of a chest plate
- A wide variety of tools can be attached and optimally positioned by the EOD technician
- US patent 8,209,769 available for license
- Potential for collaboration with Navy scientists and engineers