Among the vehicles that SCDF will deploy during Exercise Northstar is the HazMat control vehicle, which helps identify hazardous substances, assess the extent of contamination and determine the mitigation approach.
Colonel Shaiful Herman Shali, director of the SCDF’s HazMat department, told reporters: “(It has) the latest equipment and technology to detect and identify hazardous substances.
“In this vehicle, we also have remote sensing capabilities, which allow us to view and detect chemicals that can be up to 5 km away. This is very important in terms of early warning capabilities.
The HazMat control vehicle, which is currently in its third generation, also has an unmanned aerial vehicle launch pad and analysis equipment for the identification of hazardous substances.
Another vehicle, called the HazMat Incident Management System, allows SCDF officers to conduct large-scale surveillance during a hazmat incident.
Wall-to-wall monitors in the vehicle can track the air quality in an area, for example. The system can also aggregate sensor data from various agencies.
It was jointly developed by SCDF, National Team Science and Technology Agency, Defense Science and Technology Agency and DSO National Laboratories.