From 12 to 14 June 2020, 370 teams comprising 1244 students from junior colleges, polytechnics and universities participated in “SCDF X IBM Lifesavers’ Innovation Challenge: Call For Code 2020”, a 48-hour virtual hackathon jointly organised by SCDF and IBM. In July this year, the result of the hackathon was announced and a team of 5 students from the Singapore Management University (SMU) emerged as the champion, winning a cash prize of S$10,000 and USD$120,000 IBM cloud credits.
Meet SGT1(V) Koh Yi Hui, 29, a Civil Defence Auxiliary Unit (CDAU) officer, who was one of the recipients of the SCDF’s Pride and Care Star Award 2020. The annual award recognizes SCDF personnel who have performed beyond their call of duty and displayed the core values of “Pride” in their work and “Care” for the community. Rescue 995 engaged SGT1 (V) Koh, a full-time medical officer at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH), for an exclusive interview.
Growing up, SGT3 Muhammad Syahrir Bin Shahar and SGT2 Muhammad Syahkir Bin Shahar shared a lot in common — they love collecting insects and chasing monitor lizards. And every Sunday morning, they would be out skateboarding, and sometimes, cycling around the neighbourhood in their bicycles. Now, as SCDF officers, they share a passion to protect and save lives and property.
The 2019 Singapore-Global Firefighters and Paramedic Challenge (SGFPC) consists of three categories of competition namely, the Global Challenge, Singapore Challenge, and Public Challenge. This year, SCDF and 13 international teams participated in the Global Challenge category.
On 20 August 2019, the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) commissioned three new marine firefighting vessels. The commissioning ceremony was witnessed by Mr K Shanmugam, Minister for Home Affairs & Minister for Law. Speaking at the ceremony, Mr Shanmugam said the new vessels will further enhance SCDF’s marine firefighting capabilities. At the press briefing, Assistant Commissioner (AC) Derek Tan, Commander of the SCDF Marine Division, said that with the addition of the three new vessels, the SCDF Marine Division currently has a total of eight firefighting vessels in its fleet and also more could be added in the future. Read more about the new marine firefighting vessels here...
SCDF held its first Civil Defence (CD) Volunteer Gala Nite on 19 July 2019 to honour and acknowledge the contributions of CD volunteers and celebrate the 150th year of volunteerism in civil defence. The gala dinner was held at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel, where over 400 SCDF volunteers and Community First Responders (CFRs) attended this milestone event in SCDF’s history.