When I read or hear news about fire and life-threatening incidents, the strong comradery and efficiency of SCDF’s firefighters and community first responders never cease to inspire me. This includes the Civil Defence (CD) volunteers who readily commit their time and schedule their availability to be a part of SCDF’s frontline emergency response.
As I was interviewing a volunteer firefighter for this edition, he mentioned that Singapore may be a safe place to live in, but we must not take safety for granted or let our guard down. We must continue to ensure that we have a dedicated and robust team of career and volunteer lifesavers.
This October/November edition of Rescue 995, themed CDAU in the Thick of Action, is dedicated to both career and volunteer firefighters and medics. In this edition, we bring you stories of how volunteering at the frontline is like for our volunteers who are serving with the Civil Defence Auxiliary Unit (CDAU). In preparing this edition, I had the opportunity to hear real-life accounts of how our volunteer firefighters and medics worked alongside our career officers to manage incidents, such as large-scale fires, hazardous materials and road traffic accidents.
In addition, we celebrate SCDF’s significant milestone in its 10-year Maritime Transformation with the commissioning of three new state-of-the-art marine firefighting vessels. These new vessels will enhance SCDF’s seaward emergency response and further bolster Singapore’s maritime safety and security. On a lighter note, we feature PTE Jastine Tan, a winner of 2 prestigious awards in a national short film-making competition. It was indeed a privilege to have him share with me the challenges behind the scenes to make a short film a great success.
From this edition onwards, we will feature an Ops-Centric segment headlined, “From the Fire Ground”, where we profile stories about our career firefighters and paramedics on their experiences in responding to major fires and rescue incidents.
We hope you enjoy the current edition of Rescue995.
Thomas F Lim
Editor, Rescue 995