WASP Helps Singapore Civil Defence Force Secure INSARAG Success

The Singapore Civil Defence Force used the WASP as part of their successful INSARAG reclassification.

They deployed the Warning Alarm for Stability Protection during a 36-hour re-classification exercise to free victims of an earthquake.

Their success means the SCDF Operation Lionheart Contingent have been successfully reclassified as a Heavy Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) team by the UN International Search and Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG).

WASP MD Matt Keogh, said: “It’s fantastic to see the WASP, a product developed initially for urban search and rescue, being used as part of INSARAG classification.

“I personally conducted the Singapore Civil Defence Team training with the WASP in July and so, to see them now deploying it during exercises like this is terrific.

“The WASP was used to great success by the United Kingdom International Search and Rescue team during their INSARAG re-classification and is now providing similar support to INSARAG teams across the world.

“I believe this shows the WASP has developed so quickly and is becoming a must-have piece of kit. The WASP provides an  accurate, reliable, robust monitoring solution suitable for many, many emergency situations.”

The SCDF team were tasked with showcasing their search and rescue capabilities against a ‘test’ scenario, designed to replicate an earthquake. The scenario left multiple buildings collapsed with victims trapped and lives lost.

The exercise replicated the deployment of a 79-strong USAR team from Singapore codenamed ‘Operation Lionheart’ (OLHC) and designed to test all of the teams skills and expertise.

Having successfully secured their reclassification the Singapore Civil Defence Force published a video documenting the exercise.

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  • the video is courtesy of Singapore Civil Defence Force Facebook page – click this link to learn more.