SINGAPORE: Transport workers in Singapore may soon have to sit through compulsory courses - such as improvised first aid skills - to respond effectively in the event of a terror threat, according to National Transport Workers' Union executive secretary Melvin Yong.
Speaking to reporters at the first transport security seminar on Friday (Dec 2), Mr Yong said public transport systems have been identified as soft targets as millions of Singaporeans use transport networks every day.
"It's important that all our transport workers are trained to a certain level of first aid because they can be potential life savers," Mr Yong said. "In the near future, we can try to push for compulsory training for all our transport workers."
The seminar comes two months after Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong launched the nationwide SGSecure movement, a campaign to equip every Singaporean with skills and knowledge to respond to potential and actual threats.
On Friday, workers attended talks by industry experts on how to prevent, react and respond to terror attacks here.
Bus operator Tower Transit, which also runs bus services in the United Kingdom, shared some lessons on crisis-management following the London bombings in 2005.
Tower Transit operations director Stuart Thomas said it is crucial for transport staff of all levels to be trained in the prevention of threats.
"It's important that there are solid plans that can be taken off the shelves and be put into action so that people on the ground are confident in continuing their roles," Mr Thomas said.
Some transport workers also picked up new skills at the seminar, such as using everyday items like belts or shoelaces to tie around wounded areas to prevent bleeding.
These everyday items can save lives. And some transport workers today are learning first aid skills to prepare for terrorist attacks pic.twitter.com/JRSOs5nT9l— LeongWaiKitCNA (@LeongWaiKitCNA) December 2, 2016