Editor's Note

R995 Editor With the Champs

That's me with two of SCDF's three-time champions for the Braveheart Challenge at the SGFPC. On the right: WO2 Muhammad Bukhary Abu Bakar (champion: 2016, 2018, 2019). On the left: WO1 Azmir Ali (champion: 2013, 2014, 2015).


As the year draws to a close, it makes a perfect opportunity for us to reflect on what the editorial team of Rescue 995 have accomplished since we embarked on our ‘transformation journey’ towards a digital platform.

In August 2019, we launched our inaugural digital edition of Rescue 995 featuring the SCDF Volunteer Gala Nite held in honour of all Civil Defence (CD) volunteers who have served the community for the past 150 years.

In October 2019, we launched yet another digital edition of Rescue 995. Themed ‘CDAU in the Thick of Action’, the edition is dedicated to both career and volunteer firefighters and medics. We brought you stories of how volunteering at the frontline is like for our volunteers who are serving with the Civil Defence Auxiliary Unit (CDAU).

This December/January edition of Rescue 995 highlights not one but two of SCDF’s very own three-time champions for the Braveheart Challenge at the Singapore-Global Firefighters and Paramedics Challenge (SGFPC): WO2 Muhammad Bukhary, and former champion WO1 Azmir Ali. I also had the opportunity to hear real-life accounts of how Mdm Tang Lin Yok dealt with medical incidents both as a former Ambulance Officer with the Singapore Fire Brigade (SFB) Ambulance Service, and at the hospital as a nurse. It was indeed a privilege to have her share with me the challenges and rewards as an Ambulance Officer in her 40-year career in the nursing/paramedic profession.

We hope you enjoy the current edition of Rescue 995.


Thomas F Lim

December 2019

Editor, Rescue 995