Exercise Heartbeat in pictures: Simulated terror drill at the heart of Singapore

Exercise Heartbeat in pictures: Simulated terror drill at the heart of Singapore

The Police and Singapore Civil Defence Force staged a Sarin gas attack, an explosion and a gunman assault in the CBD on Wednesday, Nov 18. Photographer Ngau Kai Yan captured the action.

Heartbeat response team with guns at Esplanade Park

SINGAPORE: The heart of the country was shaken by a chemical gas attack at a crowded office building, followed by an explosion and lone gunman at a tourist hotspot - all simulated as part of Exercise Heartbeat, an annual emergency preparedness exercise organised by the Singapore Police Force and Singapore Civil Defence Force.

First, a Sarin gas attack was staged at One Marina Boulevard.

Heartbeat man foaming

SCDF officers in protective equipment attend to Sarin gas "victims" at One Marina Boulevard.

SCDF officers attend to victims of a simulated chemical gas attack in Exercise Heartbeat

SCDF officers aim to respond within 8 minutes from the moment an emergency call is received. Upon arrival, they will prioritise casualties, evacuate the building and mitigate the source of the chemical agent.

Heartbeat containment area

All fire engines are equipped with hazardous materials detectors to help identify the chemical agent.

Exercise Heartbeat: SCDF officers prepare to decontaminate a victim of a staged chemical attack.

Exercise Heartbeat: SCDF officers prepare to "decontaminate" a victim of a staged chemical attack. They will first remove all his clothes, then wash him with soap and water.

Heartbeat explosion at Esplanade Park

Next, an improvised explosive device was activated at Esplanade Park, not far from the scene of the gas attack.

Heartbeat gunman shooting man at Esplanade Park

A lone gunman then began shooting at members of the public, according to the exercise scenario.

Heartbeat injured man at Esplanade Park

Officers from the Singapore Police Force counter-terrorism unit moved in to subdue the lone gunman.

Source: CNA/es

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