SCDF adds pyrotechnics to bring realism to exercise

SCDF adds pyrotechnics to bring realism to exercise

Blasts ripped through cars, sending fireballs into the sky, and no one would blame you for thinking it was a scene from a Michael Bay movie. But it wasn't.

The vehicles were blown up by the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) last Wednesday as part of a trial for Exercise Northstar 9, in May.

To make the emergency exercise as realistic as possible, the SCDF went to great lengths to get the tone of the trial right.

Fuel and pyrotechnics were used, with mannequins thrown in as well, to make the impact of the blasts more horrific.

The trial took place at the SCDF Mandai Training Village and the rigging of both cars took about two hours.

Captain Kelvin Tan, 33, a senior instructor from the SCDF's Fire and Rescue Training Centre, said they had been planning for months.

"We want to make the scenarios in the exercise as impactful and as realistic as possible and that means having to use pyrotechnics," said the second in-charge for the team.

Capt Tan said that this year's exercise will be an improvement on the previous one.

"On a scale of one to 10, the explosions in the previous exercise were probably a three," he said.

"This year, it's going to be a seven."

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The SCDF has an eight-man team to handle the explosions and this year, it roped in three external pyrotechnic experts as well.

This is the first year they have engaged external pyrotechnic experts and Capt Tan said it was to make the scenarios more real.

"The more realistic the scenarios, the better prepared we are to handle threats," he said. "We always want to be prepared before a situation happens."

Details of the scenarios have not been finalised.

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