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2011

 

Date           Event
21 Jan 2011On 21 January 2011, SCDF issued new guidelines to the industry detailing the new Fire Safety Requirements for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs). These new guidelines take effect on 1 November 2011.
16 Feb 2011Dr John Keung, Chief Executive Officer of the Building and Construction Authority, presented the Eco-Office Label Certificate to MAJ Ng Soo Beng, Commander Service Support Unit, HQ SCDF. Administered by the Singapore Environment Council, the certification is awarded to organisations that demonstrate a commitment toward environmental protection.
23 Feb - 13 Mar 2011In the aftermath of a 6.3 magnitude earthquake which jolted Christchurch, New Zealand on 22 February, SCDF deployed a 55-man Operation Lionheart Contingent the following day to assist in search and rescue operations; it was the inaugural deployment of Trauma Paramedics trained to operate under different environments.
01 Mar 2011Minister of State for Education and Home Affairs Mr Masagos Zulkifli Bin Masagos Mohamad launched a new Children"s Big Book on fire safety for primary two students, entitled "The Angry Old Woman", at Anchor Green Primary School. The project was a collaboration between SCDF, the Ministry of Education (MOE) and National Fire and Civil Emergency Preparedness Council.
12 - 17 Mar 2011A devastating 9 magnitude temblor hit Japan on 11 March, unleashing a wave of deadly tsunami and triggering a radioactive crisis due to damaged nuclear reactors. SCDF deployed five Search Specialists and five Search Dogs to Japan the next day. This represented the 13th overseas operation to be undertaken by the Operation Lionheart Contingent since 1990.
25 Mar 2011Comr Peter Lim and the Principal of Ngee Ann Polytechnic Mr Chia Mia Chiang launched the part-time Joint Diploma in Technology (Building Services and Fire Safety) at the polytechnic premises.
01 Apr 2011The Basic Rescue Training Centre (BRTC) took over the Unit Training Centre from Civil Defence Academy to form the National Service Training Institute (NSTI). NSTI is SCDF"s dedicated NS training institution offering one-stop holistic training facilities for both our Fulltime National Servicemen (NSFs) and Operationally Ready National Servicemen (ORNSmen), with the resulting increase in space and dedicated facilities allowing for the conduct of mobilisation exercises under a single command structure. With the NSFs progressing through their NS phase and later returning to the institute for training as ORNSmen, NSTI will also foster a strong sense of identity and cohesiveness.
08 - 11 Apr 2011SCDF held the annual Workplan Seminar on 8 April at the premises of our strategic partner, ITE College East - one of the rare occasions that this annual event was held outside of SCDF. Graced by then Minister of State for Home Affairs and Education Mr Masagos Zulkifli Bin Masagos Mohamad, the seminar"s exhibition segment was opened to the public on 9 and 11 April as part of the Community Bonding Day.
15 Apr 2011SCDF held the Pride and Care Dining-in Ceremony at Goodwood Park Hotel, graced by then Minister for Home Affairs and Law Mr K Shanmugam. Mr Shanmugam launched the Pride and Care Portal which integrates all Pride and Care related links, information, events and activities on the SCDF intranet. This year"s ceremony also had the highest number of awards presented, with 90 SCDF officers receiving the awards. Among these awards were the Overseas Service Medals which were presented to the Operation Lionheart Contingent which was deployed for overseas disaster relief missions immediately after the Christchurch Earthquake in February 2011 and the 2011 off the Pacific coast of T"hoku Earthquake (Japan) the following month.
May 2011SCDF started deploying the portable, mechanical cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) devices in 14 of the 36 SCDF ambulances in a one-year trial.
May 2011For SMRT Circle Line (CCL) Stages Four and Five, the MRT shelters in the Caldecott, Botanic Gardens, Buona Vista, Haw Par Villa and Labrador CCL Stations were completed, thus concluding the CCL MRT shelter project.
12 - 17 May 2011Two months after the devastating aftermath of the 2011 off the Pacific coast of T"hoku Earthquake that hit Japan on 11 March 2011, four Civil Defence (CD) Lionhearters from Singapore Polytechnic (SP) embarked on an overseas humanitarian relief mission to Japan led by non-governmental organisation (NGO) Mercy Relief. Accompanied by MAJ Bob Tan from Public Affairs Department and a SP lecturer, they were based in Morioka City within the Iwate prefecture. They assisted in the packing and distribution of relief aid items such as food, milk and vegetable juices at the Otsuchi Supply Depot meant for the local residents, and also visited the local relief centre which served as a temporary shelter for the residents whose homes were destroyed. The CD Lionhearters were also actively involved in the launch of the Mercy Relief Children Nutrition Programme at the local Kiri Kiri Elementary School. Aimed at supplementing the nutrition of the young children, this programme reached about 1,200 children from seven local schools.
13 May 2011SSG Mohamed Hidier Bin Mohamed Yasin and SSG Shahiar Bin Mohamed Salleh were presented with the prestigious PS21 Star Service Award at the Excellence in Public Service Awards Ceremony held at the Suntec Convention Centre Ballroom. DPM, Minister in charge of the Civil Service and then Minister for Defence Mr Teo Chee Hean was the Guest of Honour.
31 May 2011Paramedic WO Rahah Binte Mohammed was presented the Healthcare Humanity Award 2011 by President S R Nathan in a ceremony held at the Istana.
02 Jun 2011CPT Joanne Lee took over from MAJ Lionel Lee as the new Commander, Tuas Fire Station, becoming the first female commander HazMat fire station in SCDF. She was also the second female commander fire station, with CPT Samantha Loke as the first female commander of then Geylang Fire Station in 2001.
13 - 22 Jun 2011HQ 1st CD Division hosted two inaugural ministerial visits in June. Mr Teo Chee Hean, Deputy Prime Minister, Coordinating Minister for National Security and Minister for Home Affairs visited the divisional HQ (which also houses Alexandra Fire Station) on 13 June. Mr S Iswaran, Minister in Prime Minister"s Office, Second Minister for Home Affairs and Trade and Industry, made his visit on 22 June. Hosted by Comr Peter Lim, the programme lined up for both visits included presentations by Operations Department and HQ 1st CD Division on the operational roles and functions of SCDF units, as well as a tour of the division and Alexandra Fire Station with the attendant display of emergency appliances.
23 Jun 2011The annual SCDF Children Education Award was held in the HQ SCDF Auditorium, with Comr Peter Lim as the event officiating officer. 79 recipients received their awards under the three categories of the Achievement Award, Study Award and Special Award, of which there were four recipients.
01 Jul 2011The new Amusement Rides Safety Act (ARSA) was passed in Parliament on 14 February 2011, with the Amusement Rides Safety (Fire and Rescue Management System) Regulations 2011 gazetted on 24 June and effective on 1 July. There is a six-month grace period for compliance. Under the purview of both the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) and Ministry of National Development, the Act regulates the installation, operation, modification, maintenance and repair of amusement rides, including the provision of fire safety and rescue evacuation measures. SCDF"s role is to ensure, through a new licensing regime, that ride operators comply with fire safety standards and provide for rescue and evacuation measures.
05 - 07 Jul 2011SCDF and the International Cooperation Department (DCI) of the French Embassy in Singapore jointly organised a regional seminar on disaster management held at the Civil Defence Academy. The opening session was graced by joint Guests of Honour Mr Olivier Guyonvarch, Counsellor and Deputy Chief of Mission in the French Embassy and Comr Peter Lim. SCDF and the French Department of Civil Security also signed a Letter of Intent which facilitates mutual co-operation in CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives) consequence management, urban search and rescue as well as fire fighting.
06 - 07 & 28 Jul 2011The third annual Initial Development Programme (IDP) seminar was conducted in two sessions to cater to different groups of officers and also to offer variety in programmes. Fort Canning Park was the venue for the Junior Officer IDP seminar from 6 - 7 July with the focus on SCDF history and heritage, while the Senior Officer IDP Seminar was held at the Singapore Discovery Centre on 28 July with the theme as "Synergising First Class Public Service with Change as a Service Champion". Both IDP Seminars ended with fulfilling dialogue sessions with the SCDF senior management.
15 - 17 Jul 2011SCDF participated in the annual Home Team Convention held at the Suntec Singapore International & Exhibition Convention Centre. The emergency appliances on display included the SCDF Defender - a HazMat equipment for detection and surveillance, the 3-wheeler bike known as Red Scorpion, the Amphibious Vehicle and the Unmanned Surface Vessel. Visitors also used the Augmented Reality (AR), a 3-D animation display on a wide screen, to digitally transform the newly-launched SCDF Multi Utility Vehicle (MUV) into its three modules " the flood response, water supply and vegetation fire modules.
17 Jul 2011The SCDF Emergency Ambulance Services (EAS) was successfully re-certified to satisfy the requirements of an ISO 9001:2008 standard, which ensures that core operational processes are effective in delivering excellent pre-hospital emergency care to the public.
22 Jul 2011President S R Nathan hosted the President"s Appreciation Dinner for SCDF to recognise and appreciate SCDF personnel and volunteers for their tireless efforts in furthering the growth of civil defence in Singapore.  To thank President Nathan for gracing the occasion, Comr Peter Lim presented to him a specially chromed firefighter helmet as a souvenir.
28 Jul 2011SCDF responders participated in a joint exercise named Exercise Chembridge involving Malaysian and Singapore agencies including the Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department (or Bomba), the Royal Malaysian Police, Singapore Police Force, Immigration and Checkpoint Authority, National Environmental Agency and Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore. Into its eighth year, this exercise helps ensure that the agencies are fully aware of their own specific roles in a co-ordinated operation involving a chemical spillage at the Tuas Second Link.
29 Jul 2011SCDF was represented in 16 out of 23 winning projects which clinched the National CSSP (Community Safety and Security Programme) Award in a ceremony held at HomeTeamNS@Bukit Batok. Minister of State for Home Affairs and Foreign Affairs Mr Masagos Zulkifli Bin Masagos Mohamad graced the occasion.
09 Aug 2011The National Day Parade (NDP) 2011 was held at The Float@Marina Bay to celebrate our nation"s 46th birthday. As in previous years, SCDF was deeply involved, ranging from the Dynamic Defence Display, to the parade segment, the sounding the Public Warning System to coincide with the "OneVoice Moment" and the operational standby for public safety. The Dynamic Defence Display saw SCDF officers in operational appliances like the HazMat Mitigation Vehicle and the newly-launched Multi Utility Vehicle, participating in an action-packed scenario involving unconventional threats together with their counterparts from SAF and SPF.  SCDF also deployed about 470 SCDF personnel on the ground to provide emergency coverage for the event.
12 Aug 2011The pioneer batch of 60 Emergency Preparedness (EP) Silver Ambassadors were appointed at the annual SCDF-C2E (Community Emergency and Engagement Committee) Forum held at the SCDF Auditorium.
Sep 2011The Fire Safety Online Processing System (FISOPS) handles all fire safety-related matters such as building plans approval, issuance of fire safety certificates and licenses, and Hazmat emergency response plans submissions. An enhanced FISOPS II was commissioned to increase its functional capacity and facilitate the SCDF regulatory and enforcement functions.
12 " 15 Sep 2011The second International Elite Rescuers Exchange (IERE) Workshop was held at the Civil Defence Academy for 43 participants from 10 regional counterparts, who also participated in the 17th CD Skills Competition held at the National Service Training Institute on 14 September.
15 Sep 2011Held at the National Service Training Institute, Mr Teo Chee Hean, Deputy Prime Minister, Co-ordinating Minister for National Security and Minister for Home Affairs graced the Civil Defence Day Parade for the first time. The CD Lionhearters Club also made its inaugural appearance among the parade contingent.
28 Sep " 5 Oct 2011A fire broke out at a manufacturing facility on Royal Dutch Shell's Pulau Bukom Oil Refinery, involving petroleum products from pipes in the tank farm at the facility. SCDF deployed 34 emergency vehicles and about 100 firefighters for this joint operation with its Company Emergency Response Team (CERT). The fire was extinguished on 29 September, and all SCDF resources withdrew from Pulau Bukom on 5 October.
Oct 2011To strengthen the collaboration with non-governmental organisation Mercy Relief (MR), a SCDF Officer was attached to MR for one year to facilitate the CD Lionhearters" overseas missions and other SCDF projects.
4 Oct 2011The Civil Defence Heritage Gallery bagged the Best Exhibition Award at the inaugural Museum Roundtable (MR) Awards 2011 ceremony held at the Asian Civilisation Museum. Graced by Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts, only four winners emerged from the 41 submissions for the awards.
11 Oct 2011SCDF was awarded the prestigious Watermark Award by the national water agency PUB for our contribution to water conservation and environmental sustainability.
12 - 14 Oct 2011SCDF and the National Fire and Civil Emergency Preparedness Council (NFEC) jointly organised the inaugural Fire Safety Asia Conference (FiSAC) Singapore 2011 at Suntec International Exhibition and Convention Centre. It attracted about 280 building fire safety professionals from all over the. The NFEC Patron-in-Chief Mr Teo Chee Hean, the Deputy Prime Minister, Co-ordinating Minister for National Security and Minister for Home Affairs, was the Guest of Honour. Mr S Iswaran, Minister in the Prime Minister"s Office, Second Minister for Home Affairs and Trade and Industry graced the Awards Gala Dinner in the evening.
25 Oct 2011At the Home Team InnoFest held at Republic Polytechnic and graced by Minister of State for Home Affairs and Foreign Affairs Mr Masagos Zulkifli Bin Masagos Mohamad, CPT Daniel Ng landed the Home Team Innovation Activist Champion award, with MAJ Chew Keng Tok and CPT Eric Lee winning the merit award. Eleven SCDF officers were awarded the MHA Star Service Award - CPT Eric Lee, WO Mohd Sharif Bin Mohd Saleh, WO Raizal Bin Md Rased, SSG Dinesh Babu S/O T P Ramasamy, SSG Nur Nadiah Bte Norman, SSG Herman Bin Ramlan, SSG Ramlanros Abdul Rahman, SSG Patsy Choo, SGT Raihan Bin Md Yusuf, SGT Hafiz Bin Mohd Ali and SGT Liu Jianming.
31 Oct 2011The ITE-CD Lionhearters Club (CW Chapter) was established.
Nov 2011SCDF is collaborating with LTA on a research to better understand the effects of fire in a sprinkler-protected road tunnel. The first phase was implemented in November 2011 involving laboratory fire tests to study the effectiveness of fire suppression system; the second phase will involve actual full-scale fire tests in road tunnels.
9 Nov 2011The National Fire and Civil Emergency Preparedness Council (NFEC) celebrated its Silver Jubilee at Orchard Hotel. The Guest of Honour was the NFEC Patron-in-Chief Mr Teo Chee Hean, Deputy Prime Minister, Co-ordinating Minister for National Security and Minister for Home Affairs. DPM Teo launched its 25th Anniversary Commemorative Book entitled "To Ready A Nation".
10 " 11 Nov 2011The Multi-Utility Vehicle (MUV) was one of the three gold award winners for the Best PS21 Project, at PS21 ExCEL (Excellence through Continuous Enterprise and Learning) Convention 2011 held at the F1 Pit Stop.
10 - 25 Nov 2011Exercise Northstar VIII was conducted in phases, culminating in the Ground Deployment Exercise on Jurong Island on 25 November. A chlorine tank exploded in a chemical company, followed by two car bombs which detonated along the Jurong Island causeway. SCDF responders conducted joint operations with the Company Emergency Response Team (CERT) and related agencies to handle the co-ordinated terrorist attack. About 1,200 personnel from 18 government agencies and 600 staff from 27 companies took part.
22 Nov 2011The Civil Defence Heritage Gallery celebrated its 10th Anniversary, in a ceremony officiated by Minister of State for Home Affairs and Foreign Affairs Mr Masagos Zulklifi Bin Masagos Mohamad. The event also raised $105,834 for the President"s Challenge.
1 Dec 2011The Temasek Polytechnic-CD Lionhearters Club was established.
5 - 16 Dec 2011MAJ Ow Yong Tuck Wah led a scoping team to conduct training needs assessment in Myanmar in November. In December, the first customised International Urban Search and Rescue (IUSAR) course for Myanmar Fire Services Department was conducted for 95 cadet officers at the Central Fire Services Training School in Pyin Oo Lwin, Mandalay.
7 - 16Dec 2011Twenty ITE-CD Lionhearters (College East) joined Mercy Relief in a rebuilding project in Magelang in Java, Indonesia, which was affected by the Mount Merapi eruption from October to December 2010.
27 Dec 2011SCDF issued a circular to the building industry permitting the conditional use of lifts during emergencies. While exit staircases will remain the primary means for evacuation, SCDF allows the use of lifts as a secondary means under certain conditions " e.g. firefighters or the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) must supervise the use of lifts to evacuate persons requiring assistance.


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.


2013

DateEvent
Mar 2013

The Committee to Strengthen National Service (CSNS) was set up in March 2013 to examine how the NS system could be strengthened for the future and to better serve Singapore and Singaporeans. On 10 Jun 2014, the Government accepted all 30 recommendations of the CSNS. For more information on the CSNS, you can refer to the following website www.strengthenNS.sg

 

To further acknowledge the contributions of our ORNSmen,  CSNS advertisements will be displayed on the platform screen doors of four MRT stations " Clementi, Novena, Tiong Bahru, and Pasir Ris, from 16 July 2014 - 30 July 2014. In addition, from 17 July 2014 to 30 July 2014, the same advertisements will be placed at 300 bus stops across Singapore.

 

Two SCDF ORNSmen were chosen to be a part of the CSNS  advertisements:

 

CPT (NS) Jahan De Silva Bin Abdullah (in firefighting gear)

NS appointment: Head Operations, 21B Rescue Battalion

 

CPT (NS) Ramusaravanan S/O Ramasamy Tanabalan (in smart No.4)

NS appointment: C COY Commander, Civil Resource Mobilisation (A) Battalion

7 Jun 2013The Change of Command Parade for 3rd CD Division, officiated by Commissioner Eric Yap, saw the official handing over of command by COL Ling Young Ern to LTC Alvin Tan.
10 Jun 2013The Change of Command Parade for 4th CD Division, officiated by Commissioner Eric Yap, saw the official handing over of command by COL Teong How Hwa to COL Ling Young Ern.
21 Jun 2013AC Christopher Tan handed over the command of the Civil Defence Academy  to COL Teong How Hwa at the Change of Command Ceremony held at the Academy"s Auditorium and officiated by COMR Eric Yap.
1 Aug 2013

The Force Transformation Office (FTO) was set up under the Strategic Planning Department. The FTO comprises an SSO Transformation Development and two Transformation Development Assistants.

 

The FTO"s main role is to conceptualise and plan strategies that will transform the Force and enable it to better meet future challenges. The office will act as an entity that will synergise and drive transformational strategies across the Force.

15 Sep 2013

SCDF Day and Singapore Global Firefighters and Paramedics Challenge (SGFPC) 2013

 

For the first time, the SCDF Day Parade was held jointly with the Singapore-Global Fire Fighters and Paramedics Challenge (SGFPC). It was also the first time that the events were held at a public venue at the Singapore Expo, Hall 1.

 

Graced by Guest-of-Honour, Mr S Iswaran, Minister, Prime Minister"s Office and Second Minister for Home Affairs and Trade and Industry, the two-in-one event started with the parade segment led by Parade Commander LTC Alan Chow. The parade involved about 400 participants comprising SCDF Senior Officers, Emergency Response Specialists, Full-time National Servicemen (NSF), Operationally-Ready National Servicemen (ORNSmen) and the National Civil Defence Cadet Corps (NCDCC) members.

1 Oct 2013

MHA extended the retirement age of officers under the Home Affairs Uniformed Services (HUS).

 

Prior to 1 October 2013, the retirement age of uniformed Junior Officers was 50 years while that of Senior Officers was 55 years. From 1 October 2013, the retirement age for both Junior and Senior Officers was 55 years. In addition, eligible officers was offered the opportunity to work beyond 55 years till 60 years, on extension of service. This was dependent on organisational needs and the officer"s performance, conduct and fitness.

 

The Home Team valued the skills and expertise of our uniformed officers. About 180 uniformed officers reached retirement age each year. The extension of retirement age would allow our uniformed officers to have a longer career with the Home Team and the Home Team to tap on their knowledge, experience and expertise built up over the years.

18 Oct 2013

As part of SCDF"s continuous effort to enhance operational coverage, Choa Chu Kang Fire Post was relocated from Blk 281 Choa Chu Kang Ave 3 to Blk 753 Choa Chu Kang North 5.

 

It had in its inventory, a fleet of 3 emergency vehicles, comprising 1 Red Rhino, 1 Fire bike and 1 Ambulance.
21 Oct 2013

ARDEX 2013 was officially opened on Monday, by Deputy Prime Minister of Vietnam, H.E. Hoang Trung Hai.

 

The exercise ended on 24 October 2013.
7 Nov 2013

SCDF officers assisting in coordination of relief efforts in Philippines

Two SCDF info-communications specialists (CPT Fhadley Meselan from the Civil Defence Academy and WO2 Ridzal Mohamed Hussein from Tuas Fire Station) were deployed to the Philippines (Tacloban city) to support the United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) Team in the coordination of relief efforts.

 

The Typhoon (Haiyan) is considered as one of the strongest tropical cyclone ever recorded. The estimated death toll (as of 12 Nov) released by The Philippines Government is 4,460.

2014

 

DateEvent
6 Feb 2014

SCDF"s 19th Fire Station, Tuas View Fire Station (TVFS) commenced operations. TVFS will complement the current Tuas Fire Station in providing comprehensive emergency response coverage to the area.

 

The Fire station is led by MAJ Kenneth Mak, under the command of 4th SCDF Division HQ. With this development, SCDF emergency services is now provided through an island-wide network of 19 fire stations and 29 fire posts.

26 Mar 2014

Civil Defence Academy Celebrates 15th Anniversary

3 Apr 2014

SCDF "Emergency Ambulance Service (EAS)"renamed to "Emergency Medical Services (EMS)"

 

Over the years, the SCDF has introduced several initiatives to improve our emergency medical response.  These include the introduction of the Paramedic scheme, Fire Bikes equipped with AED and the Fire and Rescue Specialist " Emergency Medical Technician (FRS-EMT) scheme.  The name "Emergency Ambulance Service" however does not accurately reflect the depth and breadth of the enhanced medical services provided by the SCDF.

 

The new name "Emergency Medical Services" aptly reflects the enhancements made to the profession of the SCDF medical fraternity, instead of making reference to a specific vehicle i.e. the ambulance.  The new name "Emergency Medical Services" is also aligned with international norms and is widely used by overseas emergency response services to refer to the provision of out-of-hospital acute medical care, paramedic service and ambulance service.
16 Apr 2014

A 4-part series was incorporated as part of the daily evening news on Channel 5 (9:30PM) and Channel News Asia (10PM) from 17- 20 April. The interview features 2nd SCDF Division, Commander, LTC Kadir Maideen on his experience as DART Commander during the Nicoll Highway Incident.

The interview was included in the series on Friday, 18 April.

17 Apr 2014

SCDF Workplan Seminar 2014 - Transformation through People, Innovation & Partnership

 

The SCDF Workplan Seminar 2013 was held at the ITE College Central. The Guest-of-Honour for the event was Mr. Masagos Zulkifli Bin Masagos Mohamad, Senior Minister of State for Home Affairs and Foreign Affairs. The event was attended by about 1000 guests and participants comprising GPC members, MHA and Home Team senior staff, Community Emergency and Engagement Committee (C2E) members, National Fire and Civil Emergency Preparedness Council (NFEC) Board of Directors and SCDF personnel.

 

The theme for this year"s Workplan Seminar is "Transformation through People, Innovation and Partnership."  This focuses on SCDF"s continuous pursuit of developing the potential of its people, leveraging technology to innovate and forging community partnership to better serve the public and deal with future challenges.

 

The Unmanned Fire-fighting Machine (UFM) is a versatile fire-fighting unit built to operate under extreme conditions as well as complex and hazardous environment. It can be deployed for a variety of fire-fighting operations such as for the ventilation of a smoke-logged area using high velocity airflow, and fire-fighting using intense water mist, jet or foam. It is designed to easily tap water directly from the hydrant or even open-sources such as reservoirs and swimming pools.

 

By July this year, a total of 4 UFM will be strategically deployed across the island at 4 fire stations namely, Jurong Island Fire Station, Yishun Fire Station, Changi Fire Station and Jurong Fire Station.

 

Automated Casualty Conveyance System (ACCS)

The Automated Casualty Conveyance System (ACCS) is able to facilitate quick continuous conveyance of non-ambulatory casualties from point to point for e.g. during a chemical incident, casualties can be swiftly conveyed from the personnel decontamination point to the first aid point.  The ACCS can be easily deployed by 2 rescuers and can transport casualties at a speed of 2m/s (normal manual conveyance speed is about 1m/s).

 

An automated conveyance equipment that complements the ACCS is the motorised SESTO Light Transport. It has an autonomous line following feature that allows it to travel along a predetermined route as indicated using a coloured tape or paint.  In addition, the SESTO Light Transport also comes with in-built sensors that allow it to stop automatically when obstructions are detected.  With a payload of about 150kg, it is strong enough to be used for casualty and equipment conveyance thereby reducing manpower.

 

Emergency Preparedness Centre (EPC)

Coming your way in mid-2014, the Emergency Preparedness Centre (EPC) is located at Central Fire Station. It houses state-of-the-art simulators and interactive exhibits on Emergency Preparedness. Comprising interactive exhibits and realistic simulators, the EPC is built for the purpose of imparting emergency preparedness knowledge and skills to the public.  Visitors to the EPC will be able to pick up a variety of skills and knowledge which includes first aid, CPR, fire safety and also what to do during an emergency such as in times of war, terrorism and even natural disasters.
27 Apr 2014The Unmanned Firefighting Machine was deployed for the first time to a factory fire incident that occurred in Tuas.
04 May 2014

The International Firefighters" Day (IFFD) was commemorated for the first time by the SCDF. The commemoration took place at Fire Stations across the island. During the morning role call, personnel on duty wore the symbolic blue and red ribbons on their chest and observed a minute of silence in memory of, and respect for, all emergency responders who have been lost in the line of duty.

 

The IFFD ribbons are linked to colours symbolic of the main elements firefighters work with " red for fire and blue for water. These colours are also internationally recognized as representing emergency service.
4 Jun 2014

The SCDF Marine Command (CDMC) Brani Base commenced operations. Located at 19 Brani Way, CDMC Brani Base is home to the Division HQ of CDMC and Brani Marine Fire Station (Station 82). Brani Base will complement the existing West Coast Marine Fire Station to provide an enhanced marine fire emergency coverage within Singapore Waters.

 

CDMC is commanded by LTC Derek Tan, while Brani Marine Fire Station is led by CPT Leow Tian Soon. With this development, the SCDF emergency services are now provided through an island-wide network of 20 fire stations and 29 fire posts.

23 Jul 2014

Changes in Number of IPPT Stations:

 

The new IPPT which is applicable for SCDF, will be reduced from the current five stations to three:

 

  • 2.4km run
  • Sit-ups
  • Push-ups
24 Jul 2014

SCDF"s 19th Fire Station, Tuas View Fire Station (TVFS) was officially opened on Thursday, 24 July 2014 by Mr S Iswaran, Minister in Prime Minister"s Office, Second Minister for Home Affairs and Second Minister for Trade and Industry.

 

The 4000 square-metre TVFS is strategically located within the Tuas View Industrial Estate to complement the neighbouring Tuas Fire Station in providing comprehensive emergency response coverage to the area.

 

TVFS is the 5th HazMat fire station and has a fleet of 9 emergency vehicles, comprising fire fighting and specialized HazMat appliances. With this latest development, SCDF emergency services will be provided through an island-wide network of 20 fire stations and 29 fire posts. The 20th Fire Station is Brani Marine Fire Station which commenced operations in June 2014.
9 Aug 2014First appearance of the Unmanned Firefighting Machine at the National Day Parade.
13 Sep 2014

Launch of the new Fire Badge during the SCDF Day Parade

Launch of the SCDF MC Badge - This badge is worn by SCDF personnel who are trained to perform bridge watchkeeping as well as navigation officer duties after passing the Bridge Watchkeeping Officer Course.  A minimum qualification of Steersman is also required.

15 Sep 2014Operational Date of the 4th Generation Red Rhino
29 Sep 2014Operational Date of the SCDF Marine Command Brani Base.
15 Oct 2014

Re-crafted Core Values

 

PRIDE " We take pride in saving lives and property.

 

We uphold high standards of professionalism in achieving our mission in protecting and saving lives & property.

 

We perform our duties with high standards of integrity based on principles of incorruptibility and accountability.

 

We will seek excellence relentlessly to provide better service and deliver greater value to the public.

 

 

CARE " We care for our people and those we serve.

 

We value our people as a strategic asset and seek to create a work environment in which mutual respect and care of our people is our topmost priority.

 

We are part of the community whom we serve, and therefore will care and serve the public with empathy.

31 Oct 2014
  1. SCDF Social Media Evolution
    • leverage on trending, popular topics/discussion to gain mileage for EP messages .
    • Adopted a more light hearted, and conversational tone to better connect with Netizens.
    • Use of high quality pictures and easy-to-digest infographics to better relate information.
    • Sharing of in-house produced videos to generate greater resonance and support for SCDF. (World Firefighter Day, SGFPC)
    • First to break news of high profile incidents.(Fire at No.6 Fan Yoong Road, One-storey building collapsed at 378, Alexandra Road)
    • Established an online SCDF Social Media Persona to differentiate from others. (Witty, Conversational)
    • Integration of Social Media with SCDF offline engagement to drive traffic for both. (SGFPC/CBD 2013,  SGFPC 2014)
    • Gradual building up of an international fan base including personnel from foreign fire services to improve SCDF international standings.
    • Use of Social Media as a communication tool to provide weekly updates to family members of the training and activities of NSTI recruits.
    • Use of Social Media to provide timely updates of SCDF events (eg. SGFPC updates for overseas audience).
    • Increase use of ground-up content contributed by units and SCDF personnel to improve ground support.

 

  1. Accolades
    • Mothership.sg
  • Published an article on 24 January 2014, titled "SCDF is awesome with social media. Here"s why .
    • Marketing Magazine
  • Published an article on 7 February 2014 titled "LOOK SG Civil Defence Force"s wicked sense of humour.
    • Challenge Magazine
  • Published an article in its May/June 2014 issue titled "Let"s Get Personal" highlighting SCDF"s successful use of humour on Social Media.
  • "The Singapore Civil Defence Force"s Facebook, Instagram and twitter posts are a masterful balance of usefulness and humour"
    • Mr Baey Yam Keng, MP for Tampines GRC
  • In his Facebook post on March 6, 2014 mentioned that "Singapore Civil Defence Force has shown that through consistent, authentic and even light-hearted engagement, it is possible to build a more personable relationship with the public without compromising one"s professionalism and dedication to good work. Learning from you keep it up"
    • The New Paper online
  • Published an article on June 12, 2014 titled " 12 Reasons why we love @SCDF"
    • Yahoo! News Singapore, Straits Times and Asiaone
  • Published articles on SCDF"s online banter with popular social media account SGAG
    • Channel News Asia
Hosted a segment on SINGAPORE CONNECT on 28 February 2014 discussing "Should government agencies adopt the same tone as SCDF on Social Media""
31 Oct 2014
  1. Content
    • Reduced Quantity of articles to replace with articles with Quality;
    • Conduct interviews with Third-Person Narrative instead of sole reliance on contribution by station personnel
    • Stories with focus on Interviewees instead of events (Human Stories " eg. Interviews with Sportsmen of SCDF, personnel involved in Riot at Little India);
    • Publish up-to-date information (eg. 1 week plus to write, vet, print and deliver Riot at Little India Edition);
    •  "Special" Themed Editions
      • 3 Themed Editions this FY " Riot Edition, Sports Edition and SG50 Tribute Edition.
    • Include stories relevant to general public (eg. Importance of timely intervention during cardiac arrest case, etc)
    • Introduced Center Page for Feature Story (Many requests to "book" the center page")
    • Introduced "cut-outs" and infographics; and
    • Introduced an Editor"s Note Page to make the magazine more personal

 

  1. Design and Layout
  • Revamped the "personality" and "visual identity" through clean and simple designs;
  • Take note of small details (Red border to the front cover, use of one simple picture on the front cover, "mini red rhino" at the end of each article , etc;)
  • Replaced the quantity of pictures with quality pictures with a focus to attract readers; and
  • Continuous improvements to layout (most recent changes include the design and layout of the content page) without altering its visual identity.

 

  1. Rescue 995 Breakthroughs
  • Local Media requested for permission to republish pictures and contents found in Rescue 995;
  • Bloggers extracted information from Rescue 995
  • SCDF Braveheart Landed Issue - TNP saw the article on "Escalator Training" and requested to do a story on it; and
  • Riot Edition - Zhao Bao requested to republish the story depicting an account by our paramedics and the picture used in the article.
  • Rescue 995 reached a larger audience via Social Media;
  • Who is Behind the SCDF Social Media Team" Issue " CNA and public retweeted download link via Twitter;
  • Followers (from around the world) of SCDF Facebook and Twitter accounts shares download link to their own accounts (can hit approximately 150 shares for each issue).
  • Curtain raiser and first Home Team Publication to publish a Tribute related story/issue to our Pioneers - which is one of the SG50 campaign goals (Tribute Edition);
  • Produced the thickest and content heavy (but meaningful) edition in the history of Rescue 995 (72 pages Tribute Edition);
  • Numerous requests for Rescue 995 Hardcopies (eg. SG50 Tribute Edition: +100 for SCDF Alumnus, +100 for SGFPC VIPs and Overseas participants, +100 "First in the World" Issue for SCDF Crisis Volunteers, etc)
  • Received compliments from internal staff, ex-staff and external readers since the revamp.

 

  1. (Unsolicited) Words of Encouragement

"The tribute edition published to commemorate the Pioneers of The Life Saving Force and to celebrate SG50 is interesting and well thought. It is definitely a great effort by your Editorial Team."

LTC Shaiful Herman

 

"The tribute edition is very interesting. The cover caught my attention at first glance. I read almost the whole magazine and I have not done this in a long time. Well Done!"

CPT Yam Yeow Kiat

 

"I would like to congratulate you for the new "look" for Rescue 995 and the     different interesting articles. I have enjoyed reading the last 6 issues."

Mr Ng Yong Hwee

President and CEO of Citygas Management

 

"Thank you very much for taking time and putting in so much effort to put together the Tribute Edition. I have had a very enjoyable time reading the accounts of each and every interviewee and I must say that the Editorial Team has done an amazing job. Keep on doing what you do and continue to put a public face to the officers that, as the SCDF tweets mention, are always hidden behind helmets and soot."

LTC (RET) Poon Siow Hai

 

Others can be found on Facebook

2015

 

DateEvent
20 March20 CD Lionhearters from Nanyang Polytechnic and ITE College Central provided First Aid assistance for Heartland Chingay 2015
21 March

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 AprilNCDCC 10th Anniversary Parade held at the Home Team Academy.
15 AprilSCDF PRIDE and CARE Dining-In
16 April

Civil Defence Lionhearter Forum 2015 - SCDF Youth Community First Responders: Towards A Nation Of Lifesavers

 

Opening Performance by ITE College East Sand Animation Club

  • To highlight the theme for this year"s forum and SCDF"s vision of "A Nation of Lifesavers", 6 students from the ITE College East Sand Animation Club will perform a sand animation themed "A Nation of Lifesavers".            

Presentation by ITE College Central and ITE College East CD Lionhearters

  • This session provides an opportunity for the CD Lionhearters who have embarked on the recent overseas humanitarian rebuilding project to Padang, Indonesia to share about their experience with the other CD Lionhearters. Last year, ITE College Central and ITE College East went on a joint expedition to Padang, Indonesia. It marks the inaugural joint expedition by two CD Lionhearter Clubs. The presentation will be done by Mr Jason Tan from ITE College Central together with his team mates Ms Jolene Ng and Mr Ong Wei Jie from ITE College East.

Presentation of the CD Lionhearter Study Bursary Award 2015 and Outstanding CD Lionhearter Award 2015

  • As has been a tradition in the annual CD Lionhearter forum, this year"s forum will similarly witness the traditional presentation of the CD Lionhearter Bursary Study Award 2015 and the Outstanding CD Lionhearter Award 2015.
  • This year, we have two additional sponsors on board for the CD Lionhearter Study Bursary 2015 other than our staunch supporter City Gas Pte Ltd. The Association of Company Emergency Response Teams (Singapore), known as A-CERTS for short and the Fire Safety Managers" Association (Singapore), known as FSMAS for short, have kindly stepped forward to provide sponsorship for the CD Lionhearter Study Bursary. Each sponsor has generously agreed to sponsor $7000 to reward them for their good academic achievements (GPA-based) and active contributions to the club. A total of 42 CD Lionhearters will each receive a bursary award of $500.
  • For the Outstanding CD Lionhearter Award 2015, a certificate of recognition will be presented to each of the 14 CD Lionhearters for their outstanding leadership and contributions to the CD Lionhearter movement, including participation in Mercy Relief"s Overseas Humanitarian Rebuilding Projects.
17 AprilSCDF Work Plan Seminar 2015
26 April

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

  • The Home Team worked as a collective unit to help those affected in Nepal. We cooperated closely with the Nepalese authorities and other international assistance teams to carry out a range of disaster relief operations and provide relief through medical assistance and the distribution of water and basic food items.
  • The contingent"s initial phase of operations involved search & rescue and recovery efforts in Kathmandu. In the recovery phase, the contingent provided medical assistance in Gorkha, treating several persons (22) for injuries and medical conditions arising from the earthquake. The contingent also assisted in the heli-evacuation of some (7) casualties and conducted humanitarian operations in Gorkha, which was assessed to be in urgent need of assistance considering its proximity to the earthquake"s epicentre.
2 MayAlexandra Fire Station Carnival
9 MayThe Operation Lionheart (Nepal, Earthquake) returned to Singapore.
9 May

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.
June20th Anniversary of Fire Investigation Unit
30 June

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.

Year 2015

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.

30 September

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
2 November

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.
27 November

Launch of the SMRT-Temasek AED on Wheels programme

Launched 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 DecemberSCDF Shelter Open House at Bukit Panjang, Tan Kah Kee and Beauty World MRT Stations

2016


DateEvent
22 FebruaryJurong Fire Station groundbreaking ceremony
 Mr Desmond Lee, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Home Affairs & Ministry of National Development, together with Dr. Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources & Ministry of Health and Member of Parliament for Hong Kah North graced the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Jurong Fire Station. Commissioner Eric Yap, Commissioner SCDF, together with about 100 senior officials and guests attended the ceremony at the new site between Jalan Bahar and Jurong West Avenue 2.
 
After the event, SMS Desmond Lee shared on Facebook that “the Fire Station will enable SCDF to better serve residents in Jurong and the western areas…. I also met a number of SCDF officers this morning, all of whom are committed and ready to respond to emergency situation. Let’s continue to support our SCDF officers, and do our part to keep Singapore safe and secure.”
 
The new Jurong Fire Station will occupy a land area of 0.4 ha. It is designed to achieve the BCA Green Mark Gold standard through the use of environmentally friendly construction materials and water efficient design.
 
SCDF currently has a network of 20 fire stations and 29 fire posts strategically located throughout the island. Established in 1975, Jurong Fire Station has a proud history of serving the public on many fronts for the last 40 years and will continue to do so in its new location in 2017.
FebruaryFirst successful myResponder case by Community First Responder Ms Michelle Lim
1 AprilChange of Command Parade at Tuas Fire Station
Tuas Fire Station held its Change of Command Parade on Friday, 1 April 2016 and it was officiated by LTC Michael Chua, Commander, 4th SCDF Division HQ.
 
The parade witnessed the symbolic handing over of the command mace by MAJ Zhou Yansheng and the oath-taking ceremony by MAJ Abdullah in the presence of Division & station personnel and the community partners.
 
MAJ Zhou Yansheng had served as Commander Tuas Fire Station since 8 March 2013. He had assumed his new appointment as SSO Innovation Devt for Strategic Planning Department on 4 April 2016.
 
MAJ Abdullah assumed his appointment as Commander Tuas Fire Station on 28 March 2016. Prior to this appointment, he was the Ops Planning Officer for 2nd SCDF Division HQ.
12 AprilKidZania
KidZania, is an edutainment centre where children aged four and above can role-play as pilots, firefighters, pizza chefs, police officers and others. Through the realistic role-playing, they learn about the different careers, the inner-workings of a city and the concept of managing money in the form of “KidZos”- a Kidzania currency.
 
Located at Sentosa, KidZania Singapore was officially opened on Tuesday, 12 April 2016.
 
At KidZania Singapore, children will be able to role-play as firefighters at a fire station. They will be taught by “Zupervisors” who will explain to them the possible causes of fire and the appropriate actions to take during an outbreak of fire. As part of their training, the children will also get hands-on opportunity to operate a “water jet”.
 
After completing their training, the “firefighters” will be called upon to respond to a fire at a “hotel”. They will be transported by a fire engine to the fire scene where they will have to use their newly acquired firefighting knowledge and skills to put out the fire. Through role-playing as a firefighter, children will be able to gain basic fire safety knowledge and get a glimpse on how firefighters operate.
15 AprilSCDF Day Dining-In
28 MayEmergency Preparedness Day at Chong Pang
Graced by Mr K Shanmugam, Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Law, the pilot revamped Emergency Preparedness Day drill at Chong Pang. As part of the SG Secure national movement, which is spearheaded by the Ministry of Home Affairs, it aims to educate the public on the roles that they can play as Community First Responders in the event of a terror attack and before the arrival of the emergency responders.
6 JuneOperation of Sentosa Fire Station
Located at 37 Artillery Avenue, Sentosa Fire Station is strategically placed to provide emergency services within the popular resort island of Sentosa as well as its immediate vicinity such as the HarbourFront and Telok Blangah areas.
 
In view of this latest infrastructural development, SCDF emergency services are provided round the clock through an island-wide network of 21 fire stations and 28 fire posts.