General

2008

DateEvent
17 & 18 Jan 2008

The 5th Asia-Pacific Humanitarian Partnership (APHP) Meeting was held at CDA and attended by representatives from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, six APHP Member States - Australia, China, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore and South Korea – and two Non-Government Agencies - SingTel and Télécoms Sans Frontières.

18 Jan 2008

After a 36-hour classification exercise, the SCDF’s Operation Lionheart contingent was certified as a Heavy Urban Search and Rescue Team by the International Search and Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG).

18 - 29 Feb 2008

The first Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Management Course was attended by 16 international participants representing government agencies from around the world – Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam.

25 Feb 2008

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the SCDF and the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service in Queensland, Australia.

15 Mar 2008Eunos Fire Post was operationalised.
21 Apr 2008LTC Anwar Abdullah handed over the command of 2nd CD Div to LTC Kadir Maideen.
28 Apr 2008The SCDF Workplan Seminar 2008 was held at the Civil Defence Academy (CDA) and graced by the Guest-of-Honour, Mr Wong Kan Seng, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs. The event featured SCDF innovations, and saw the launch of the SCDF Ready Book.
05 May - 29 Jun 2008MAJ Ow Yong Tuck Wah was deployed for an international disaster relief effort for Myanmar which was hit by the devastating Cyclone Nargis on 2 May 2008. He was deployed initially as an UNDAC (United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination) team member, and subsequently as the first ASEAN ERAT (Association of Southeast Asian Nations Emergency Rapid Assessment Team) member.
16 - 22 May 2008In response to the massive earthquake which struck Sichuan, People’s Republic of China, on 12 May 2008, the SCDF deployed a 55-strong Operations Lionheart contingent to Shifang County in Sichuan.
20 May 2008A new Ambulance Post was co-located within the Siglap Neighborhood Police Post.
23 May 2008The first batch of 39 rescuers left Chengdu, and arrived at the Paya Lebar Airbase. They were received by Mr K Shanmugam, Minister for Law and Second Minister for Home Affairs, and Madam Zhang Xiaokang, People’s Republic of China Ambassador to Singapore.
23 May 2008Exercise Northstar VI was conducted onboard Superstar Aquarius, involving a simulated fire outbreak. It was the largest maritime exercise held locally, involving 1,600 personnel from 12 agencies.
28 May 2008Ms Zanele Makina, High Commissioner of South Africa to Singapore, visited the SCDF.
02 Jun 2008Mr K Shanmugam, Minister for Law and Second Minister for Home Affairs, and Mr Masagos Zulkifli bin Masagos Mohamad, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Education and Home Affairs, made their maiden visits to HQ SCDF.
06 Jun 2008Four more countries were added to the SCDF World Map which shows the map of countries which have sent their trainees to the CDA.
11 Jun 2008AC Ang Tse Meng handed over the command of CDA to COL Christopher Tan.
28 Aug 2008The SCDF signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Charles Sturt University, Australia for collaborative academic arrangements.
06 Sep 2008The sixth edition of the CD Emergency Handbook was launched by Mr K Shanmugam, Minister for Law and Second Minister for Home Affairs, at Chong Pang Community Club.
08 Sep 2008Ms Guusje Ter Horst, Minister of Interior Affairs & Kingdom Relations, Kingdom of the Netherlands, visited CDA.
08 Oct 2008The SCDF won multiple awards at the MHA 3I (Idea, Improvement and Innovation) Convention, held at the Home Team Academy.
15 Oct 2008Mr Donald Loren, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Homeland Security Integration, Department of Defense, USA, visited HQ SCDF.
21 Nov 2008The SCDF was awarded the prestigious 2008 Singapore HEALTH Award (Platinum) and the inaugural Mental Wellbeing Award by the Health Promotion Board.
27 Nov 2008The SCDF received the President's Social Service Award 2008 in the Formal Group/Non-Profit/Public Sector Organisation category at the Istana.
02 Dec 2008The first Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) First Responder Course commenced at the CDA.
18 Dec 2008The Banyan Fire Station Ground Breaking Ceremony was held at the Jurong Island, and graced by Mr K Shanmugam, Minister for Law and Second Minister for Home Affairs.

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