passengers injured in a MRT train
Singapore values public safety and security. It believes in being prepared to face major disaster so as to ensure minimum disruption by any disaster to its community, environment and infrastructure.
Over 400 people took part in an emergency preparedness exercise to test the Circle Line's readiness for a large-scale emergency.
getting ready to board the train
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.
No, I wasn't one of the "injured". Although it is less tiring to lie down and get bandaged but I was more interested to know the escape routes.
The public is regularly kept informed and reminded on the need for and importance of emergency preparedness through various communications tools e.g. news and press advertisements, posters, leaflets etc. The underlying message to the public is “Readiness is your only protection”.
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.
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.