General

2012

Date                                       
                                         
Event
9 - 20 January 2012A second International Urban Search and Rescue (IUSAR) course was conducted for 100 Myanmar Fire Services Department senior officers.
31 January 2012The inaugural CD Lionhearters Forum was held at Singapore Polytechnic.
1 - 2 February 2012Commissioner Eric Yap assumed command of SCDF on 1 February 2012. A Change of Command Parade was held at the National Service Training Institute the following day. The Guest of Honour Permanent Secretary for Home Affairs Mr Tan Tee How presented Comr Eric Yap with the SCDF Command Mace and the Appointment Letter.
February 2012In consultation with Housing and Development Board and Town Councils, SCDF released a set of fire safety guidelines to ensure the non-obstruction of common areas in HDB estates to ensure residents’ safety.
8 March 2012

SCDF and the Changi Airport Group (Singapore) Pte Ltd (CAG) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at the Raffles Hotel to strengthen their partnership. SCDF and CAG will collaborate in fire fighting, rescue and evacuation operations at both Changi International Airport and Seletar Airport, and effect a staff exchange programme.

1 April 2012

The Civil Defence Marine Command officially commenced operations and took over the marine fire fighting functions from the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).

April 2012SCDF introduced the AED to enable its responders to attend to medical emergencies prior to the arrival of SCDF ambulances. Between April 2012 and March 2013, SCDF firebikes responded to 2,029 medical emergencies and revived 32 patients who had suffered cardiac arrest.
1 April 2012From 1 April 2012, ORNSmen were called upon to respond to emergencies alongside active personnel during their in-camp training. This is an enhancement to the deployment policy of ORNSmen and also ensures that there is greater manpower during times of operational necessity.
12 April 2012The MOI between SCDF and Mercy Relief was designed to facilitate the participation of SCDF officers in Mercy Relief’s Overseas Volunteer Expedition and in programmes involving sustainable development and rebuilding efforts in disaster stricken countries.
15 April 2012The CD Ready School Programme was launched in April 2012 to instil in students at every level of the education system the importance of emergency preparedness.
27 April 2012Two fire fighters from the 46th Fire Fighting Course made history in SCDF by being the first batch of fire fighters to go through the crossover scheme to assume leadership roles as Section Commanders. They graduated from the Section Commander Course on 27 April 2012.
30 April 2012Mr Teo Chee Hean, Deputy Prime Minister, Coordinating Minister for National Security and Minister for Home Affairs, and Mr S Iswaran, Minister in Prime Minister’s Office, Second Minister for Home Affairs and Second Minister for Trade and Industry visited HQ SCDF on 30 April 2012.
23 May 2012West Coast Marine Fire Station made its operational debut by participating in its first exercise. The International Cruise Terminal, next to Marina South Pier, was the staging ground for the exercise.
June 2012As part of the MOU signed between SCDF and the Fire & Emergency Services Authority of Western Australia (FESA) in 2005, 2 SCDF officers attended a 10-day attachment programme with FESA where they gained deeper insight into FESA’s emergency response capabilities. The attachment also enabled SCDF to build a strategic relationship with FESA for future co-operation.
17 August 2012Graduating cadets from the 5th RCC marked the completion of the RCC with the Inaugural Commissioner’s Run on 17 August 2012 at Bedok Reservoir Park.
21 August 2012Mr Chen Jianmin, Administrator of China’s Earthquake Administration visited HQ SCDF and the Civil Defence Academy on 21 August 2012. He was given an overview of SCDF’s operation capabilities.
28 August 2012Conducted by HQ CDMC Operations Branch, the joint exercise between SCDF marine and land units tested the response plan and coordination between the different units in the event of a major marine incident.
7 September 2012The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), Home Team agencies (Singapore Police Force, SCDF, and Immigration & Checkpoints Authority of Singapore), Ministry of Defence (Singapore Armed Forces, Republic of Singapore Navy), Ministry of Health (MOH) and Port of Singapore Authority (PSA) Corporation participated in a multi-agency exercise that tested the response to a ferry mishap incident. The scenario involved a ferry colliding with a tug boat at the
East Keppel Fairway.
21-23 September 2012Back for the fifth year, the Singapore Grand Prix Formula One (F1) Night Race was held from 21–23 September 2012. About 183 operational personnel and 36 appliances were deployed for the three-day operational standby. The preparation work and exercises conducted ensured that the SCDF standby personnel were ready to handle any incident within the race venue.
27 September 2012The SCDF Service Heroes and Innovation Excellence (SHINE) Award Presentation Ceremony 2012 was held at HQ SCDF on 27 September 2012 to celebrate and recognise our service and innovation endeavours. The 3i Convention and SHINE Award Ceremony were held concurrently to affirm that service, innovation and creativity are closely intertwined in our pursuit of service and operational excellence.
3 December 20123 SCDF officers were deployed to the Philippines to assist in the relief efforts following the devastating Tropical Storm Bopha. Under the auspices of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), the 3 SCDF officers assisted in coordinating the relief efforts by overseeing the management of a humanitarian office near the worst affected areas and by establishing communication links with the relevant agencies.

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Last updated on 4th Feb 2015