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 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.
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.
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.
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.