Last week the entire company took a trip to the gas chamber. We got issued masks called “Pro-masks” (gas masks) and learned how to properly wear them prior to the day of the chamber. We all had them on and looked pretty ridiculous in the classroom. We were taught how to clear them from any gas trapped inside. Before the gas chamber, I wasn’t sure if I had a good enough seal on the mask. I was queasy about the mask actually working. I guess the only way to test it was with real gas.
We marched out to the chamber and got into groups to head in. I was lucky enough to be in the first group so I could get it over with. The gas used was CS gas that is non-lethal. I had my mask sealed before walking in single file. We walked in and shut the door behind us… trapped! The drill sergeants made us do jumping jacks so the gas would get into our skin and pores. I felt the gas first burning on the back of my neck. Next we had to clear our masks when we lifted it up slightly to let gas seep in. Finally, they made us take it off completely to show what it is like to be exposed to gas. It was really tough to breathe and I was coughing. I was gagging and almost ready to throw up. Snot and spit was coming out of everyone’s nose and mouth. We then filed out and walked around flapping our arms like a bird trying to fly to get rid of the gas trapped within our uniforms. Overall the chamber was a great experience and realized I can trust the piece of equipment when and if that time comes along that I have to use it.
I have ordered a video of my whole basic training experience that a company is putting together. It comes with thirty minutes of non-edited gas chamber footage so you will be able to see me in the chamber. I think it will be a good laugh.
Until next time,