SAF to 'continue to evaluate' new ways to prevent heat injury after death of NSF Dave Lee
A framed photo of NSF Dave Lee at his wake on Wednesday (May 2). (Photo: Howard Law)
SINGAPORE: The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) will continue to evaluate new solutions to the "vexing problem" of heat injuries during training, Commander of the Army Training and Doctrine Command, Brigadier-General (BG) Kenneth Liow, said on Thursday (May 3) in a reply to three forum letters that recently ran in the Straits Times. The forum letters, titled "SAF must aim for zero fatality", "Use wearable tech to safeguard NSFs from heatstroke" and "Protect whistle-blowers to find out what happened in NSF's death", were published earlier on Thursday after the death of full-time National Serviceman Dave Lee.
died on Monday - two weeks after he was hospitalised with "signs of heat injury" upon completing an 8km fast march on the morning of Apr 18. He was posthumously promoted from private to Corporal First Class (CFC).Addressing a letter to a Mr Loong Chik Tong, BG Liow said the SAF "recognises and accepts the responsibility of ensuring the safety of each precious son" entrusted to it during his National Service. He said the SAF was deeply saddened by Lee's death and was doing its best to assist his family.
"We agree with Mr Loong that any death during NS training, even if rare, is one too many. The SAF does indeed seek to achieve zero fatality and will continually put in place safety systems to achieve this goal, as we train realistically to achieve our mission to protect Singapore against all threats," said BG Liow. "DISAPPOINTED" THAT MEASURES DID NOT PREVENT NSF'S DEATH
Committee of Inquiry has been convened to investigate fully the factors leading to the death of CFC Dave Lee. Based on these findings, the SAF will take appropriate measures to improve our overall strategy against heat strokes to achieve zero fatalities."