|20 March||20 CD Lionhearters from Nanyang Polytechnic and ITE College Central provided First Aid assistance for Heartland Chingay 2015|
Launch of Home Team Neighbourhood Active Responder Programme (NEAR)This is a collaboration among the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF), the Singapore Police Force (SPF), People’s Association and Tampines East and West constituencies to help the community organise itself to take greater ownership for its security and emergency response.
|11 April||NCDCC 10th Anniversary Parade held at the Home Team Academy.|
|15 April||SCDF PRIDE and CARE Dining-In|
Civil Defence Lionhearter Forum 2015 - SCDF Youth Community First Responders: Towards A Nation Of Lifesavers
Opening Performance by ITE College East Sand Animation Club
Presentation by ITE College Central and ITE College East CD Lionhearters
Presentation of the CD Lionhearter Study Bursary Award 2015 and Outstanding CD Lionhearter Award 2015
|17 April||SCDF Work Plan Seminar 2015|
Operation Lionheart (Nepal, Earthquake)
The Home Team deployed a total of 126 officers to Nepal to carry out search & rescue and recovery operations and to provide humanitarian aid. This is the Home Team’s largest ever deployment for an overseas disaster relief operation. The contingent comprised 66 SPF officers (including Gurkha officers) and 60 SCDF officers. The SCDF contingent was led by LTC Alvin Tan Commander 3rd SCDF Division
|2 May||Alexandra Fire Station Carnival|
|9 May||The Operation Lionheart (Nepal, Earthquake) returned to Singapore.|
Exercise Northstar 9
Exercise Northstar is a series of exercises first introduced in 1997 to validate our multi-agency emergency response plans. In testing the readiness and co-ordination between national agencies in responding to major emergencies and countering terrorist threats, the exercise serves to raise public awareness on the threat of terrorism and to encourage continued vigilance. The exercise also serves to highlight and raise awareness of the Whole-of-Government response framework that Singapore has put in place to safeguard our national security and our ability to recover quickly from a crisis should an incident occur.
The planning of Exercise Northstar 9 involves 15 agencies and it will be held at the Singapore Sports Hub, including Kallang Wave Mall. Exercise Northstar 9 will culminate with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s visit to the Ground Deployment Exercise on the 9 May 2015, which will involve about 600 officers from seven key agencies (SCDF, SPF, SAF, SMRT, MOH, LTA & DTZ)1.
Exercise Northstar 9 is the first exercise to involve volunteers as participants. 1,300 of them will be taking on different exercise roles in the various scenarios. The volunteers comprise Civil Defence Lionhearter Club members, PA Youth Movement members, students, Civil Defence Auxiliary Unit officers and SCDF civilian staff and their families.
|June||20th Anniversary of Fire Investigation Unit|
Graduation Ceremony of the first CDAU Firefighting Course
The inaugural CDAU Firefighting Course commenced on 3 March 2015 and was conducted over a span of 15 Weeks (note: Course took 16 weeks to complete as there was an extension of 1 week (to 16 weeks) due to the Passing of Mr Lee Kuan Yew and Northstar 9)
14 people took part in the course but 3 withdrew mid-way. A total of 11 participants graduated from the course. Going forward, these graduates will be deployed alongside our firefighting crew as Civil Defence Auxiliary Unit (CDAU) officers in the fire stations and respond to real firefighting and rescue incidents.
Apart from firefighting, there are six other vocations in the CDAU namely the Emergency Medical Services, Public Education, Community Involvement, Enforcement, Heritage Gallery Guide and Expertise Group. For your information, prior to this inaugural course, only volunteer applicants with the requisite skills, for e.g., former NSF firefighters or personnel from firefighting industry, can be considered for the CDAU firefighting vocation. Now, volunteers who have no prior firefighting training or experience can join SCDF as a volunteer firefighter by going through the 15-week VFFC.
This batch of Volunteer Firefighters is also the first in the history of Singapore.
With effect from 2015, 15th April will be designated as SCDF Day and celebrated with the SCDF Day Dining-In.
Why 15th April as SCDF Day?
15th April has significant historical meaning to SCDF. On 15th April 1989, the Singapore Fire Service and Civil Defence Force were merged to form the present-day SCDF. Being the founding date and origin of SCDF, the decision was made to celebrate SCDF Day on 15th April with the SCDF Day Dining-In ceremony. Commemorating SCDF Day together with the Dining-In ceremony would serve as a platform to reinforce our commitment to SCDF, as well as to celebrate our core values of Pride and Care.
What about the traditional SCDF Day Parade?
As SCDF Day will now be observed on 15th April, the traditional parade will be renamed as “SCDF Parade” and be held together with the Singapore Global Firefighters and Paramedics Challenge (SGFPC) every year. Holding both events together at an external venue will help to generate public interest in SGFPC and raise SCDF’s profile.
This year, the SCDF Parade and SGFPC will be held together with the Home Team Festival in November 2015. For subsequent years, these two events would be held during a suitable time of the year, taking other Force events into account.
The Home Team Festival is a bi-annual event that showcases the good work done by our Home Team officers. Being a proud member of the Home Team, SCDF is honoured to hold these two major Force events, the SCDF Parade and SGFPC, in conjunction with the Home Team Festival.
The Fire Safety Manager (FSM) regulations under the Fire Safety Act were amended to require buildings that fit into the category of “specified complex premises” to have a Senior FSM. The effective date of this amendment is on 30th Sept 2015 and a total of 52 premises (shown in Table 1 below) will be affected by this new requirement.
Owners of the said premises have been informed of the amendment since 2013 and their Fire Safety Managers (FSM) have all attended the Senior FSM course at the CDA. In addition, the SCDF Central Enforcement Unit had also issued email notifications to the various industries on multiple occasions to inform them of this requirement and the availability of the Senior FSM Course held once yearly since 2013.
The amendments to the regulation were also published on 1st July 2015 on the AGC Website (Singapore Statues Online) for public access. Click here to look at the 52 premises that were subjected to amended regulations
The ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response (AADMER) came into force in December 2009 with the objective of establishing and enhancing regional cooperation in responding to disasters and reducing disaster losses in the region. Since its establishment, the AADMER Work Programme laid a strong foundation in enabling the ASEAN Member States to successfully implement several key initiatives, such as the establishment of the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA Centre) in November 2011.
With the conclusion of the five-year AADMER Work Programme in December 2015, the ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management (ACDM) organized the Post-2015 AADMER Strategic Policy Dialogue to chart the way forward for the next five years.
The Dialogue was graced by Mr K Shanmugam, Minister for Home Affairs and Law. The event was initiated by the SCDF and ASEA Secretariat and attended by more than 70 officials from the various ASEAN Member States, including the Secretary General of ASEAN, Mr Le Luong Minh and former Secretary-Generals of ASEAN.
Launch of the SMRT-Temasek AED on Wheels programmeLaunched at the SMRT Sports and Recreation Club and graced by Minister Chan Chun Sing, Minister, Prime Minister’s Office and Secretary-General of the National rade Union Congress, this initiative is led by SMRT Taxis and Temasek Cares, supported by SCDF, Singapore Heart Foundation, National Fire and Civil Emergency Preparedness Council and the National Taxi Association.
|12 – 13 December||SCDF Shelter Open House at Bukit Panjang, Tan Kah Kee and Beauty World MRT Stations|