The Central Fire Station was officially opened. Today this familiar red and white building along Hill Street is still an operational station and a historical landmark.
25 May 1961
The Bukit Ho Swee fire broke out. 4 people died, 85 injured, 16,000 made homeless and more than 2,200 attap houses were destroyed.
21 Nov 1972
Fire at the popular Robinson store claimed nine lives and caused damage worth an estimated $21 million. The Robinson Store blaze led to the drawing up of the first Fire Code which required buildings to install various fire safety features.
12 Oct 1978
A massive explosion and flash fire on board the Greek tanker Spyros killed 76 people and injured 69 others. An enquiry later found that safety practices were ignored when repairs were carried out on the ship.
06 Nov 1982
The National Civil Defence Plan and the Civil Defence Volunteer Scheme were launched.
01 Sep 1983
The Civil Defence Command under the Singapore Police Force was renamed the Singapore Civil Defence Force giving it a separate identity.
07 Feb 1984
SCDF launched the emergency number "995" to replace the old number. (Previous numbers used include 5555, 328111 and 3378111)
15 - 22 Mar 1986
Hotel New World collapsed. Seventeen people were rescued and 33 lives were lost when the six-story building gave way. A government inquiry held later, blamed structural faults for the disaster.
14 Nov 1986
The Civil Defence Act was enacted.
03 Sep 1988
The SCDF dispatches relief supplies to Nepal following a massive earthquake which left several hundred people dead and over 100,000 homeless. This was the SCDF's first overseas humanitarian operations.
25 Oct 1988
The Pulau Merlimau fire broke out. It was the largest oil refinery fire in Singapore 's history and lasted for more than 113 hours. Three storage tanks went up in flames, causing loss of more than $10 million.
19 Nov 1989
The Essential Household Stockpile programme was launched prompting households to keep a ready stockpile of dried food, water and essential first aid supplies for emergencies.
The elite Disaster Assistance & Rescue Team (DART) was formed.
18 - 28 Jul 1990
SCDF's first overseas disaster relief operation. A combined army and civil defence contingent was sent to Baguio Philippines following a massive earthquake.