Singapore simulation for RRT!

In October, 220 volunteers took part in the second major Regional Response Team (RRT) exercise of 2023 named Exercise Utama - our first-ever exercise involving simulated casualties.
Colleagues from the UK and Ireland travelled to the ExxonMobil Singapore Complex to take part in the 2.5 day exercise along with members of the RRT from across AP/EAME and the Americas.

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The RRT is a network of employee volunteers, supported by a core global team of dedicated emergency responders. It ensures ExxonMobil has world-class response capabilities, helping to safeguard our employees, contractors, neighbours and facilities. Each year, training and simulated crisis management exercises are undertaken to ensure we are ready to respond at anytime, anywhere.

In this latest exercise, the team were set the challenge to respond to the aftermath of a simulated BLEVE (Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapour Explosion) at the Jurong Refinery. It required participants to address the immediate challenges of securing the facility, assessing the impacts to the surrounding community, managing impacts to local industry, and developing a plan for recovery.

The team worked closely with local stakeholders including the Singapore Civil Defence Force and the Singapore Police Force throughout the simulation. The latest technology was utilised to aid the response, including the many systems and applications that our business units employ, but pivoting them to an emergency response support mode.

Following the exercise, Travis Hansen, Regional Response Team Coordinator, EAME / AP said: “From inception through to delivery, Exercise Utama has pushed the limits of design innovation and supported the adoption of the Incident Command System. For the first time during an RRT exercise we utilised wearables to monitor half of the team’s stress levels, physical activity and sleep patterns. That has given us valuable insights that we will bring to the EAME region for Exercise Alamein, planned for Egypt in May 2024.”

Image Wearables were used for the first time at an RRT exercise to monitor stress levels, physical activity and sleep patterns.
Wearables were used for the first time at an RRT exercise to monitor stress levels, physical activity and sleep patterns.