SCDF Statement on Confirmed COVID -19 Case of an SCDF Officer
16 March 2020
A Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) officer based at Sengkang Fire Station (SKFS) tested positive for the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) on 15 March 2020. He is listed by the Ministry of Health as Case 219. The officer is currently receiving treatment at Sengkang General Hospital. SCDF is in touch with the officer and his family to render support and assistance.The officer last reported for work on 13 March 2020.
The officer reported the onset of symptoms on 13 March 2020 while on duty at SKFS, and immediately sought treatment at Sengkang General Hospital. He was subsequently informed by the hospital of his infection and hospitalised.
The officer is a Fire and Rescue Specialist, and has not been involved in any response to emergency medical calls involving suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases.
Actions Taken Following Confirmation
SCDF is assisting MOH with contact tracing efforts. The officer is a family member of Case 236, whom according to MOH, is linked to case 142, who is a part of the SAFRA Jurong cluster. As a precautionary measure, those identified to have been in close contact with the officer have been instructed to stay home, monitor their health, and practise strict social distancing.
SCDF has ensured that SKFS and any other SCDF premises that the officer had been to, have been disinfected thoroughly in accordance with NEA’s guidelines for environmental cleaning and disinfection of areas exposed to confirmed case(s) of COVID-19.
During the disinfection process, SKFS’ emergency response was covered by the nearest fire stations to ensure uninterrupted provision of emergency services.
Meanwhile, SCDF is closely monitoring the condition of the affected officer and the health of SCDF officers in his unit.
Precautionary Measures Taken Before Confirmed COVID-19 Case of SCDF Officer
SCDF had implemented precautionary measures since the outbreak of COVID19 in January 2020.
Following MOH’s announcement of the heightened risk assessment from DORSCON Yellow to Orange, SCDF had further strengthened our precautionary measures, as follows:
- Emergency medical crews are required to don personal protective equipment (e.g. masks, gloves, gowns, caps and goggles) when responding to all medical incidents.
- Ambulances are thoroughly cleaned and decontaminated after emergency medical crews convey suspected cases to hospitals.
- All officers have been actively monitoring their health and practising good personal hygiene in accordance with MOH’s advisories, which are disseminated to officers regularly. Those feeling unwell, or having a fever or any respiratory symptoms (e.g. sore throat, cough, runny nose) are required to wear a mask and seek medical attention promptly, and to stay at home till they have fully recovered. They are required to update their supervisor on their health condition as soon as practicable.
- The cleaning frequency of SCDF establishments and resources has been increased.
SCDF Officers Remain Steadfast in their Mission
The morale of SCDF officers and staff remains high. SCDF remains steadfast and committed to support the Whole-of-Government’s efforts to manage the COVID-19 outbreak in Singapore, on top of our ongoing duties to protect and save lives and property