On 28 October 2021, the Home Team Volunteer Network (HTVN) celebrated its decennial anniversary and held a virtual event to honour its pool of dedicated volunteers. Four outstanding volunteers were recognised for their leadership, strong commitment and active participation in volunteering for the Home Team (HT). Sixteen other HT volunteers received the Commendation Award for their exemplary service.
Meet Captain (CPT) Sahul Hameed S/O B Sardhar, who has been driving the implementation and adoption of technologies in SCDF to bolster the organisation’s future capabilities in support of its transformation vision since 2020. CPT Sahul started his journey with SCDF in 2012 as a full-time National Service enlistee. After his training, he was posted to Yishun Fire Station as a Fire and Rescue Specialist. His avid interest in robotics development and automation landed him in a staff appointment at SCDF’s Transformation and Future Technology Department to oversee the Force’s research and development in Robotics, Automation and Unmanned Systems.
While many of us play video games for fun, very few of us are willing to put in the time and effort to play it as a competitive sport. Meet our very own competitive e-sports player and full-time National Serviceman, LCP Amirul Haqim Bin Omar, a Multimedia Specialist with the Corporate Communications Department of the Singapore Civil Defence Force.
On a rainy evening a month ago, SGT2 Victor Phua, a Paramedic Trainee then, was travelling along the Pan Island Expressway (PIE) with his family when a road traffic accident occurred...
Meet LTA Shin Won Tae, an SCDF frontline Commander and a HazMat (Hazardous Materials) Specialist from Alexandra Fire Station. LTA Shin served his full-time National Service in SCDF as a Section Commander in Clementi Fire Station from 2014 to 2016. In 2016, he was awarded the MHA Scholarship to study Mechanical Engineering at the National University of Singapore and he graduated with the Highest Distinction in 2020. He was also awarded the Overall Best Trainee for his outstanding performance during his Rota Commander Course at the Civil Defence Academy this year. In this exclusive Rescue 995 video interview, LTA Shin shares with us his exciting roles and responsibilities as a HazMat Specialist in The Life Saving Force.
Trainers in SCDF play a key role in imparting valuable knowledge and skills to the trainees, grooming them to be life savers. Captain (CPT) Jadyn Toh Pei Xuan and Senior First Warrant Officer (SWO1) Irianto Bin Marino are two such trainers. They are actively involved in training officer cadets undergoing the Rota Commander Course (RCC) at the Leadership Development Centre of the Civil Defence Academy (CDA).
The ringing of aft bells from SCDF’s vessels and the final water salute marked the end of service for the Force’s two longest-serving vessels, the Marine Fire Vessels (MFVs) dubbed Firefighter I and Firefighter II. The two MFVs, formerly known as Api Api 1 and Api Api 2, had operated under the ownership of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) until 2012 when they were transferred to SCDF. They were refurbished and renamed as Firefighter I and Firefighter II in 2013. Since then, the vessels have been deployed in numerous firefighting and rescue operations of the Life Saving Force.
Despite the evolving pandemic situation, this year’s National Day Parade (NDP) brought together Singaporeans from all walks of life to celebrate Singapore’s 56th year of independence.
Meet SSG Teo Wee Siong Vincent, a member of SCDF’s elite Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team (DART) who has been with the Force for over 12 years. He has been a DART Specialist since September 2018, an appointment in which he worked very hard to achieve. Rescue 995 engaged SSG Vincent in an exclusive interview as he shares his personal story, his aspiration to become a DART Specialist and his experiences at the frontline.
As the saying goes, “Fall down seven times, stand up eight.” This Japanese proverb never ceases to inspire SGT2 Pang Ching Yen, Noelle, a paramedic from Sengkang Fire Station and a competitive boxer with a heart to serve the public. SGT2 Ching Yen joined the Life Saving Force in October 2018. She took up boxing as a sport out of interest but gradually, it blossomed into a transformative experience that even shaped her role as a paramedic.