Teo Ser Luck, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Community Development, Youth and Sports speaking to a participant.
Over 400 people took part in an emergency preparedness exercise on 20th March 2010 to test the Circle Line's readiness for a large-scale emergency. The Land Transport Authority, the Civil Defence, the Police Force and various agencies including my husband, a grassroots member from Mountbatten Constituency, were involved in the exercise.
passengers injured in a train on fire
SMRT staff conducted a safety briefing to the public before the simulation began. The SMRT station and Operation Control Centre staff worked with officers from the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) and Singapore Police Force (SPF) to detrain and rescue the commuters trapped in the train following a fire. During the exercise, a train on fire stopped in the tunnel between the Circle Line's Nicoll Highway and Stadium Stations.
Passengers on board the train were evacuated through escape shafts to safe ground, where the injured are treated. This is the first time evacuation using an escape shaft was included as part of an SMRT emergency exercise.
The emergency exercise was an excellent opportunity for members of the public to test the effectiveness of SMRT and the various agencies' emergency response plans and procedures. They learn about safety procedures in a realistic setting.
I would love to participate in this exercise and give my feedback. :)
Guest-of-Honour Teo Ser Luck, (Mayor, North East District) Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Community Development, Youth and Sports said: "In times of crisis and such situations, it is important for everybody to remain calm, and also to place their confidence and trust in the agencies that are collaborating in this effort."
The Circle Line opens for passenger service on April 17.
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