Singapore Red Cross Temporarily Suspends First Aider On Wheels Programme

Move ensures volunteers’ health and safety

The Singapore Red Cross (SRC) is temporarily suspending its First Aider on Wheels (FAOW) programme due to the current haze in Singapore. FAOW involves volunteer first aiders patrolling a stretch of East Coast Park on weekends and public holidays on bicycles or inline skates, tending to park visitors who sustain injuries.

This move follows the press conferences helmed by Minister for Environment and Water Resources Dr Vivian Balakrishnan on Wednesday where Dr Balakrishnan said that the haze was expected to worsen before air quality goes back to healthy levels, and by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong this afternoon where PM Lee announced that the haze was expected to persist as wind and weather conditions will stay the same over the next few days. The Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) is expected to remain in the “Unhealthy” range for the time being.

“While we want to bring first aid to those who need it, we are also mindful of the health and wellbeing of our volunteers. We will therefore heed the health advisory of the National Environment Agency (NEA), which is to reduce vigorous outdoor activity when the PSI goes above 100. FAOW will resume when the haze situation in Singapore improves,” said Mr Benjamin William, Secretary General of the Singapore Red Cross.

FAOW has been a tremendous success since its launch last year, with more than 1,000 injuries being treated in 2012 alone.