SAF to adjust outdoor activities and training as haze hits unhealthy levels

The Singapore Armed Forces said in a statement on Tuesday, Sept 15, 2015, that it would be adjusting its outdoor activities and training because of the haze.
The Singapore Armed Forces said in a statement on Tuesday, Sept 15, 2015, that it would be adjusting its outdoor activities and training because of the haze.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) will be adjusting its outdoor activities and training as the air quality hits the unhealthy range.

"With the 24-hour PSI reading exceeding 100, the SAF will adjust physical and outdoor activities accordingly to limit servicemen's exposure to the haze," SAF said in a statement on Tuesday (Sept 15).

When the 24-hour Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) exceeds the "very unhealthy" range of 201 to 300, it will issue N95 masks to servicemen performing essential outdoor duties, it said.

Activities continue as normal when the 24-hour PSI is below 100.

"In spite of the PSI-activity guidelines, the SAF stands ready to safeguard Singapore's peace and security, and the SAF training has largely continued," it said.

It also said that the Ministry of Defence remains in close contact with the Indonesian authorities, and "stands ready to support and assist" Indonesia to combat the fires causing the haze.

Indonesia last week accepted Singapore's offer of help, but said later said they have enough resources of their own, while expressing appreciation for the offer.

It was reported that the assistance package offered to Indonesia included a C-130 military transport plane for cloud seeding, up to two C-130s to ferry a firefighting assistance team from Singapore to Indonesia and a Chinook helicopter with a water bucket for aerial firefighting.