The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) has taken over the marine fire fighting and rescue functions from the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) with effect from today, 1 April 2012.
SCDF and MPA have been working closely on the transfer of manpower and assets, including training of relevant SCDF personnel in the marine fire-fighting and rescue skills, to ensure a seamless transition. SCDF has also established a dedicated unit - Civil Defence Marine Command (CDMC) and will be building up its capabilities and capacity to enhance response to marine fire and rescue incidents gradually.
Home to one of the world’s busiest ports, it is essential that the Port of Singapore is equipped with an efficient fire fighting and emergency response service. The transfer of the marine fire fighting function will pool Singapore’s resources within one agency, hence enhancing the level and type of service rendered. The shipping, harbour craft and pleasure craft communities in Singapore have been informed of the transfer and we would like to assure the public that the services provided in the Port of Singapore will remain unaffected.
The CDMC commenced operations today from the West Coast Marine Fire Station located at the existing base at West Coast Pier. In addition, the CDMC will also be operating from an interim base at Pulau Brani until the permanent base and headquarters is built there.