Little India Riot COI: Safety concerns in sending fire engines

SCDF Deputy Commissioner Jackson Lim.

SINGAPORE - SCDF Deputy Commissioner Jackson Lim took the stand in the afternoon and addressed the issue of the delay in sending in fire engines that had been requested.

He said that since the injured had been attended to by the police, and the victim had been extricated, it was "not worthwhile" for fire engines to go to the scene until it was safe.

"When our ambulance was attacked, it did not make sense for us to remain on site after we had rescued all those who were injured," he said.

Mr Lim emphasised that the decision was made by the commander of Central Fire Station, who was at the scene in Little India.

He added that the withdrawal was temporary, and undamaged fire engines were sent back after the Special Operations Command had cleared the scene.

He said: "It is a fine balance that SCDF has to operate between taking risks and to ensure the safety of our personnel."

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