Editor's Note — Welcome!

With Mr Yunnos That’s me with an active SCDF volunteer, WO (RET) Yunnos Shariff (on the right) at the Civil Defence Heritage Gallery


First and foremost, I would like to warmly welcome everyone to this brand-new Rescue 995 microsite. This is an exciting time for us as we embark on our ‘in house’ transformation journey towards a digital platform. Through this Rescue 995 microsite, we will continue with our 35-year tradition of bringing you stories of SCDF personnel going about their duties protecting and saving lives and property.

This is the inaugural launch of the new digital edition of Rescue 995 and I am equally honoured to be its first editor. Allow me to share a bit about myself - I graduated from Monash University about a decade ago, majored in Psychology, and did a minor in Journalism and Sociology. I started my career as an assistant psychologist at the Institute of Mental Health and later became a counsellor at the Singapore Prison Service (SPS). Prior to joining the SCDF family, I was with the Manpower Division at the Immigration & Checkpoint Authority (ICA).

In curating the articles for this first edition, I had the opportunity to hear the real-life account of how an 8-member SCDF crew saved a life through the use of High-Performance Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (HP-CPR); viewed new fire-fighting equipment and initiatives at the SCDF’s Work Plan Seminar (WPS) 2019; and witnessed the renewal of SCDF’s existing partnership with Mercy Relief (MR) and Singapore Red Cross (SRC) through the signing of a Memorandum of Intent. This year also marked 150 years of Civil Defence (CD) volunteerism and to commemorate all our CD volunteers past and present, the SCDF volunteer Gala Nite celebration was held in their honour on 19 July, and was graced by President Halimah Yacob, President of the Republic of Singapore.

This edition of Rescue 995 is specially dedicated to all our past and present volunteers. We hope you would enjoy reading this SCDF’s very first digital edition of Rescue 995.


Thomas F Lim

August 2019

Editor, Rescue 995