In 2009, Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) introduced a Diploma in Fire Safety Engineering (Dip FSE) course. This 3 year part-time diploma was designed for both SCDF junior officers and working technicians in the fire safety and facilities management related fields who are keen to upgrade themselves as Fire Safety Specialists (up to the Technical Officer level).
To enhance the status of the diploma, SCDF had collaborated with the Ngee Ann Polytechnic for a joint Diploma in Technology (Building Services & Fire Safety) course. This is also a 3 year part-time course which will incorporate the following core fire safety engineering modules covered in the Dip FSE:
a. Fire Science - this module deals with fundamentals of fire science and fire behaviour of building materials and products. It also covers factors affecting the development of fire in compartments and fire hazards of smoke in enclosed buildings.
b. Fire Safety Legislation & Regulation - this module addresses the provisions in the Fire Safety Act & Regulations, Fire Code and the relevant Singapore Standards and Codes of Practice.
c. Fire Operations & Investigation - this module provides the basic understanding of fire fighting strategy, techniques and capabilities of SCDF. It also covers fire incident management, emergency response planning and the methodologies for conducting fire investigation.
d. Performance-based Fire Safety - this module is about the regulations and theories of performance-based fire safety design. It also covers knowledge and skills to use the various types of computational tools for evaluation, simulation and prediction of fire situations.
This course will provide our SCDF junior officers and working technicians the opportunity to upgrade themselves towards a recognised polytechnic diploma. This new course will officially start in April 2011 - online application to enrol for this course is now open. Click here for more details.
With the new joint Diploma in Technology (Building Services & Fire Safety) course, SCDF will not be taking any more intakes for the SCDF Dip FSE course. Those who are interested to apply for the new Diploma course should access into the above-mentioned website for details.