UK medical supplies firm SP Services has been contacted for help in the Salisbury spy poisoning case.
The Midlands company, which distributes supplies worldwide, has been asked to send personal protection equipment including purple disposable gloves and decontamination wipes to some of the teams working on the investigation into the nerve agent poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter.
They have also fulfilled a request for emergency rescue shears, or heavy duty scissors, used for cutting off clothing.
Steve Bray, Director of SP Services, said: “We are very pleased to be in a position to support the emergency services and the army whenever and wherever in the world they may need it.”
He said that since the nerve agent attack his firm had been contacted by several customers asking for advice on putting together an emergency response kit to deal with nerve agents.
“There isn’t any equipment that we would recommend that untrained first responders should purchase in the belief that it would protect them from exposure to nerve agents.“
The company, based in Telford, Shropshire, which supplies medical equipment to the NHS, MOD and the United Nations, has a large distribution centre which ships tonnes of medical supplies across the UK and the world.
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