23 Feb '11, 5am

SCDF sends 55-member team to Christchurch

SCDF sends 55-member team to Christchurch

SINGAPORE: A 55-member Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) contingent left Singapore for Christchurch, New Zealand on Wednesday morning to assist in the search and rescue operations there. Minister for Home Affairs and Law K Shanmugam and AC Eric Yap, Acting Commissioner SCDF, were at the Air Base to send off the contingent. The SCDF officers are from the Urban Search and Rescue or USAR contingent. Led by LTC Ling Kok Yong, Commander of 1st CD Division, the 55-man team comprises experienced officers from SCDF's elite Disaster Assistance & Rescue Team. The contingent is equipped with a host of rescue equipment like fibre-optic scopes, life detector systems and hydraulic cutters and spreaders. Four search dogs are also part of this mission. SCDF said the first flight wave of the contingent is expected to arrive at Christchurch airport at 1400hrs (Singapore time) on Wednesda...

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