In the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, the Japanese Ministry of Defense (JMOD) now provides Essex LOX Equipment for their first responders in the event of future disasters.
The JMOD selected the Essex Backpack Medical Oxygen System (BMOS) device to support their fleet of air ambulances. BMOS Filling Stations (BMOS-FS) were also purchased to provide a portable means of quickly filling/refilling the BMOS on location. Oxygen Generator and Liquefiers (OGL) were chosen to provide the capability for producing large quantities of LOX in remote locations.
The Essex LOX equipment is being held at the Tokyo Japan-Yoga Army Depot and is intended for use at multiple bases throughout Japan and the island of Okinawa. The BMOS also was submitted and received the Japanese FDA equivalent registration.
The Japanese Self Defense Forces (JSDF) is evaluating the NPTLOX for service on their aero-medical evacuation platforms, in the same manner as the United States Air Force. Other Essex products, such as the MMOS, ALOX and MODS have potential for emergency medical preparedness, as well.