SCDF’s Latest Initiatives As Unveiled at the SCDF Workplan Seminar 2019
The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) signed a Memorandum of Intent (MOI) with both non-governmental organisations, Mercy Relief (MR) and Singapore Red Cross (SRC), on 8 May 2019 at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). Mr Amrin Amin, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Health, witnessed the MOI signing, which marked the renewal of SCDF’s existing partnership with MR and SRC.
The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) organised the Civil Defence (CD) Lionhearter Forum to highlight its partnership with the community of youthful volunteers on 8th May 2019. The CD Lionhearter Forum is a platform for volunteers from the CD Lionhearter Clubs, National Civil Defence Cadet Corps (NCDCC), and Civil Defence Auxiliary unit (CDAU) to share their experiences, and to learn from the experiences of Community First Responders (CFRs) in responding to emergencies.
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.
On 13 July 2019, close to 600 Secondary One students were sworn in as National Civil Defence Cadet Corps (NCDCC) cadets at the NCDCC Affirmation Day 2019 held at Heartbeat@Bedok. In its effort to champion community first responders, the NCDCC held its Affirmation Day in a public place for the second year.
On 9th August this year, the National Day Parade (NDP) returned to the Padang as Singapore commemorated its bicentennial since its founding in 1819. For the first time, the NDP featured a combined-volunteer marching contingent from the three uniformed services and this is indeed apt as this year also marks the nation's 150th year of civil defence volunteerism.
Meet SCDF’s full-time National Serviceman (NSF) PTE Jastine Tan, a winner of not one but two prestigious awards at a recent short film competition hosted by cINE65. cINE65 is an initiative launched by Nexus in July 2011 with an aim to capture our Singaporean identity through the lenses of local aspiring filmmakers. Jastine’s short film entitled, ‘My Homeland: A Photography Project by Grandpa Chen’ was awarded the Best Overall Film and the Movies Makers Award. Jastine is an active member of the SCDF’s Media Production Unit (MPU), Corporate Communications Department (CCD). Check out the video below for an exclusive Rescue 995 interview with PTE Jastine Tan...
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...
On 23 November 2019, the SCDF Parade was jointly held with the Singapore-Global Firefighters and Paramedics Challenge (SGFPC) at the Singapore Expo Convention Hall. The SCDF Parade highlighted the development and importance of Civil Defence in Singapore.
The Singapore-Global Firefighters and Paramedic Challenge (SGFPC) 2019, held in conjunction with the Home Team Festival, is an annual event where sportsmanship and camaraderie thrive amongst representatives of emergency services from around the globe.