Firefighters from the AES Sea Rescue Base are trained to respond to any incidents that may occur over the sea
This embrace of continual innovation, upgrading and upskilling is key to Chief Puar’s vision for AES, which is to be at the forefront of aircraft and structural firefighting through upholding the highest standards of operational performance and safety.
Chief Puar is cognisant that achieving this vision requires learning from past experiences, which is why he says, “It is essential for our more experienced firefighters to pass on their valuable knowledge to the new generation.” To that end, incident managers from past real-life emergencies regularly conduct sessions with other firefighters to share about the lessons learnt from these incidents.
To enable newer staff to share valuable insights they might have, Chief Puar also actively seeks opportunities to involve crew members, regardless of rank, in decision-making processes, encouraging them to share their input and ideas. Such initiatives help foster a culture of engagement and innovation within AES, and inculcate in the firefighters a sense of ownership and pride in their work, ultimately leading to improved performance and outcomes.