The Mobile Aircraft Simulator is able to simulate the high temperatures and low visibility scenarios during firefighting.
During this period where air traffic has slowed, AES officers have also stepped up to take on additional roles in the airside ranging from wildlife management to counter-drone operations. Going beyond their line of duty, they conduct patrols to disperse wildlife when needed, help with the facilitation of aircraft towing and ensure that aircraft stands are ready for operation. Not only do the AES officers learn new skills, they also gain new perspectives on airport operations which will come in handy during their firefighting and rescue operations.
When asked about how he sees the AES changing in the next five years, Alvin Lee, Chief AES, described it as transformation. “The way we define transformation is by looking at future-proofing AES. How do we prepare ourselves for the future? Today it's still physically demanding but over and above, there is also greater sophistication in terms of technologies that are used to fight fires.” He adds that there is a dedicated team – the Airport Fire Vehicles and Equipment Specialist group – that is now looking into how more technology can be used in the Service’s operations and in the training of AES officers.
“I think one of the trends we are seeing is an increasingly sophisticated workforce and we will need to redesign the job such that it will still be challenging for people who join us. The job will require them to be a thinking firefighter,” said Chief Alvin, highlighting that the service is already experimenting with technology such as autonomous vehicles that will enhance the capabilities of AES officers.
Keeping pace with evolving technology and trends, AES continues to strengthen its capabilities to handle all emergencies at the airport, safeguarding passengers when they fly through Changi Airport.