SCDF exists to ensure the safety of the population of the economy to near-normal condition during any eventuality.
Its main roles are to provide fire fighting, rescue and emergency medical services; as well as formulate, implement and enforce regulations on fire safety and civil defence shelter matters.
To fulfil its roles, the SCDF has established 4 systems to cater to Singapore's emergency needs - Warning; Protection; Rescue; Command, Control and Communications.
The SCDF has installed an island-wide Public Warning System (PWS) which will be used to warn the public of military threats such as air raid. This system can also be used to alert the population of any serious industrial mishaps or natural disasters in localised areas. The warning given will enable the public to seek protection on time.
A comprehensive sheltering system has been developed to complement the PWS. The first phase of the shelter construction programme covering high-rise public housing started in January 1987. Since 1997, all new public and private residential buildings must make provisions for a household or storey shelter. In addition, MRT stations have been hardened to serve as civil defence shelters. SCDF is responsible for the sheltering system and has raised national service units who will jointly manage the shelters with Civil Defence volunteers during emergency.
During peacetime, the Force is capable of handling more than one rescue operation and multiple fire incidents through its multi-fire station configuration. This capability will be upgraded to meet the wartime demands through the deployment of Operationally Ready National Service Men who are organised and trained to undertake specialised operations. SCDF also co-operates with the various related agencies such as the Building Construction Authority, Public Utilities Board and the Singapore Police Force to restore normalcy as soon as possible.
Command, Control & Communication (C3) System
The Force has an integrated computerised system that ensures the effective control of scarce resources and the deployment of forces to the most needed part of the island during emergency.