The SCDF operates a 24-hour Emergency Medical Service (EMS), which is ready to answer to any emergency at any part of Singapore. Qualified medical personnel, who are equipped to handle emergencies, man all the ambulances.
The purpose of the EMS is to deal with life-threatening situations. In an emergency, every second counts. If someone is seriously injured in an accident or suddenly collapses, the victim could have serious medical complications if he does not receive treatment fast.
The speedy arrival of an emergency ambulance could mean the difference between life and death for a seriously injured or ill person. EMS should therefore be called during medical emergencies. Calling 995 for non-medical emergencies could cost lives.