SAF and SCDF teams set off to help fight haze fires in Indonesia

SAF and SCDF personnel setting off from Singapore to help Indonesia fight ongoing forest fires in Sumatra.
SAF and SCDF personnel setting off from Singapore to help Indonesia fight ongoing forest fires in Sumatra. ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW
SCDF has deployed a 5,000-litre heli-bucket and a 6-man Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team (DART), to Sumatra to assist the Indonesian authorities in conducting aerial fire-fighting operations.
SCDF has deployed a 5,000-litre heli-bucket and a 6-man Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team (DART), to Sumatra to assist the Indonesian authorities in conducting aerial fire-fighting operations. PHOTO: SCDF
SCDF has deployed a 5,000-litre heli-bucket and a 6-man Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team (DART), to Sumatra to assist the Indonesian authorities in conducting aerial fire-fighting operations.
SCDF has deployed a 5,000-litre heli-bucket and a 6-man Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team (DART), to Sumatra to assist the Indonesian authorities in conducting aerial fire-fighting operations. PHOTO: SCDF

SINGAPORE - Personnel from the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) and the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) have on Saturday left for their mission to help Indonesia fight ongoing forest fires in Sumatra.

The SAF has deployed a Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Chinook helicopter and 34 SAF personnel.

The SCDF has sent a six-man Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team (DART), and a 5000-litre heli-bucket to help with aerial fire-fighting operations.

 

Two RSAF C-130 aircraft were also deployed to transport the SAF and SCDF personnel and their equipment.

They left at 12.30pm on Saturday from Sembawang Air Base and Paya Lebar Air Base, the Ministry of Defence said in a statement.

Chief of Air Force Major-General Hoo Cher Mou and Commissioner SCDF, Eric Yap were at Sembawang Air Base to send members of the team off.

On Thursday, Indonesia asked Singapore, Russia, Malaysia and Japan for help to put out fires that have sent haze drifting across the region after repeatedly declining Singapore's offers of assistance.