Tuesday, 27 October 2015
SCDF Team Returns from Fire-fighting Operations in Indonesia
The six-man SCDF Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team (DART), deployed to assist in fire-fighting operations in Indonesia, returned to Singapore at about 3:30pm today, together with the SAF personnel deployed as part of Singapore’s offer of assistance to Indonesia. They were received at Paya Lebar Air Base by SCDF Commissioner, Eric Yap.
The SCDF DART team had been deployed to Indonesia for 2 weeks, since 10 October 2015. During their deployment, the team operated a 5000-litre heli-bucket for aerial fire-fighting operations with the assistance of an RSAF Chinook helicopter. The team operated under challenging conditions, with thick smoke and poor visibility. This deployment has validated the SCDF’s operational readiness and preparedness. The experience gained will be invaluable for any future operations.