The automatic fire detection system will be triggered to alert the station staff and the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) should a fire break out in the MRT train, said Minister for Home Affairs K Shanmugam on Tuesday (Feb 28).
Member of Parliament for Tampines GRC Desmond Choo tabled a question in Parliament on measures to handle arson attacks on MRT trains, after a man in Hong Kong set himself on fire in an MTR train at Tsim Sha Tsui earlier this month.
“Our Home Team departments and the public transport operators (PTOs) are prepared to deal with emergencies in MRT trains, including fires,” said Mr Shanmugam in a written Parliamentary reply.
The Home Affairs Minister added that there are established procedures to evacuate commuters to safety and to deal with different situations, regardless of whether the fire occurs when the train is at the station or on the tracks.
In the event of fire, the SCDF will extinguish it, rescue the injured and provide them with medical assistance while the police maintain law and order, Mr Shanmugam said.
Trains on Singapore’s rail network are also designed with fire safety in mind, with features to prevent the spread of fire and ensure commuter safety, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) earlier told Channel NewsAsia. It said fire safety features include a “fire-retardant” train car body made with materials that delay the combustion of fuels.
Train floorings are also fire-resistant, and each train is equipped with fire and smoke detection systems as well as two fire extinguishers, LTA said, adding that the features are in line with international railway standards.