Thursday, March 25, 2010

Circle Line Emergency Preparedness Exercise - WW

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.

First Commenter -


  1. Wow! that's a rare chance to be able to enter MRT tunnel by walking :D

  2. Its good to be well prepared for any emergencies or disaster. A very good move by Circle line and all those who are involved with it.

  3. Morning ECL! I am having rojak and cendol now for is ur recovery? Wait la for full recovery before participating in this exercise lol.. get well first okay? Dropping off some hugs before I get back to my rojak! :)

  4. Sounds like a lot of fun to me alright! :D

  5. I always think that in times of war, these underground tunnels can act as refuge for all of us...

  6. This emergency exercise sounds cool! More importantly, it helps test if the procedures are in place to handle emergency situations effectively. I read this post, I have a feeling that you are pretty proud of your husband's work in serving the community through his voluntary work with the grassroots. :)

  7. It is so important to be prepared to emergency and crisis And the good think it was in an interesting way
    Although in the real crisis the attitude will be changed and the every act is masked by the shock and irritability so the public should also trained for stress control

  8. Singaporeans should value such exercises in the wake of the recent Russian train bombing.

  9. it's good to be well prepared on such occasions