Rescue995 is proud to announce the publication of a photobook capturing this extraordinary exercise. Filled with stunning visuals, the photobook gives readers an appreciation of how SCDF will conduct a rescue operation, should it be required. Experience the intensity, teamwork, and precision of the simulated ‘rescue’ operation through these captivating images in Rescue995's latest photobook here.
Frisbee, a sport that embodies precision, athleticism, and teamwork has gained popularity quickly within SCDF. After a two-year hiatus from the pandemic, Frisbee fever is spreading once again in the Sports & Recreation Guild of Home Team (SPRIGHT).
SCDF’s Emergency Behavioural Sciences and CARE Unit (EBSC) was established in 2013, as the pillar of psychological support for SCDF officers.
Today, we are pleased to turn back the pages in nostalgia, revisiting the history of psychological services in SCDF, and the highlights from EBSC’s recent 10th anniversary. EBSC’s roots can be traced back to 1995, when the pioneer officers in the Emergency Behaviour Management (EBM) Section introduced resilience training, counselling, and crisis support services to SCDF personnel. This helped promote awareness of traumatic incident stress among frontliners, encouraging them to seek help and take the first steps towards recovery following the encounter with such incidents.
SCDF is honoured to present Operation Lionheart: Türkiye-Syria Earthquake, as a Rescue995 Special Edition for this month. The digital photobook chronicles the courage and resilience of the SCDF Operation Lionheart Contingent, throughout their deployment in the Türkiye-Syria Earthquake in February 2023. The officers worked hand-in-glove with their international counterparts, overcoming the various challenges to bring hope to the affected people of Türkiye.
The stage was set and the lights were dimmed. With much anticipation and enthusiasm, the inaugural ASEAN Disaster Management Week (ADMW) was launched. Held from 21 to 24 August, under the banner of the ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management (ACDM), this conference aimed to enhance disaster management, disaster risk reduction, and disaster resilience in the ASEAN region. Mr K Shanmugam, Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Law, was the Guest-of-Honour for the opening of the ADMW.
Rescue995 headed down to the LIT Space to catch a glimpse of the up-and-coming technological developments in SCDF’s day-to-day operations. Over 300 SCDF personnel and strategic partners attended the 3-day event and immersed themselves in the wide array of interactive technology and digital applications.
Clicking and rustling could be heard in the drill yard of the fire station, as fire helmets were unbuckled and taken off. The firefighters held their helmets firmly tucked under their left arms and a few of them lightly touched the red and blue ribbons that were pinned on their fire jackets. For a moment, the air was silent and still, as the SCDF officers bowed their heads in unison and honoured the emergency responders who have fallen in the line of duty. They may no longer be with us, but their sacrifices will never be forgotten.
On 22 March 2023, more than 300 personnel from various agencies, including the SCDF, Singapore Police Force (SPF), Singapore Armed Forces (SAF), JTC Corporation, ExxonMobil, Keppel Infrastructure, Jurong Port Universal Terminal (JPUT), Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), Ministry of Health (MOH), and Home Team Science and Technology Agency (HTX), took part in Exercise Northstar XI at Jurong Island.
On the evening of 14 April 2023, eager whispers could be heard from the Istana lawn, where over 400 guests had gathered. SCDF officers, volunteers and strategic partners were there for the SCDF Garden Reception, which commemorates SCDF Day, marking the merger of the Singapore Fire Service and SCDF on 15 April 1989. At the same time, SCDF officers who went beyond the call of duty to keep Singapore safe were also given recognition for their dedication and commitment to duty. The event was graced by President Halimah Yacob.
In this concluding segment of our two-part feature on SCDF's Operation Lionheart (OLH) mission in Kahramanmaraş, Türkiye, Rescue995 spoke to Colonel (COL) Chew Keng Tok, Commander of the OLH Contingent, and officers from the Emergency Behavioural Sciences & CARE unit (EBSC), Home Team Specialist (HTS) Ms Khoo Swee Giang, Lead Psychologist, and Lieutenant (LTA) Khoo Chong Wee, Emergency Readiness Officer, who reflected on the contingent’s accomplishments and experiences during the deployment.