SCDF is the national authority for emergency response and is often called upon to help in an accident or emergency, such as for medical incidents outside hospitals, fires and road traffic accidents. Our fire fighters and paramedics respond to about 200,000 calls for emergency help in a year and we aim to provide help within 8 to 11 minutes of a request. With an ageing population, higher urban and transportation density and more complex city structures, the demand for SCDF’s resources is expected to increase.
Through the use of mobile applications such as myResponder, and crowdsourcing, SCDF has enlisted more than 20,000 volunteers to render first aid in cardiac arrest situations before SCDF arrives on scene. Timing of response is crucial in the survival rate for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest cases, and often the community is closer and can respond faster than any ambulance can hope to arrive. The programme has successfully saved 9 lives. In a similar fashion, SCDF is enlisting the community to respond to simple rubbish chute fires, as every year, there are 1,000 over such cases.
SCDF recognises that technological developments in the 4th industrial revolution, such as data analytics, mobile computing, Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud computing are revolutionising the way the public expects to be served. The challenge seeks to encourage teams to imagine how the public might demand of SCDF’s services and how SCDF could respond in this new technological age.
You may choose from either of the 2 problem statements:
Strengthening Community Preparedness
Over the years, the SCDF has established a community outreach framework to increase the community’s preparedness in responding to emergencies. This is in line with the SCDF’s vision of transforming Singapore into ‘A Nation of Lifesavers’ where community first response is a key multiplier to address SCDF’s manpower challenges and response in an evolving operating environment.
- Community first responders are an important extension of SCDF’s capabilities. What are some of the innovative ways we can better engage and empower the community so as to achieve our vision of being a ‘Nation of Lifesavers’?
- How can we leverage the use of emerging technologies such as data analytics and IoT to better engage and empower the community? Teams may consider developing prototypes (either hardware, software or models) to showcase their solution.
Enhancing Operational Capabilities
To improve the utilisation of emergency resources, the SCDF is looking to further leverage advanced video analytic capabilities and big data to identify trends, forecast demand patterns and move into a pre-emptive and prediction-based resource deployment model to increase our operational readiness. To enhance firefighting and rescue capabilities, the SCDF is also developing exoskeleton and firefighting robots to assist frontline responders in complex emergency situations.
- In what ways can SCDF learn from other countries to address our manpower and operational constraints? What are the advantages and potential limitations of adopting these overseas models/systems in Singapore?
- What are some of the ways we can leverage the use of emerging technologies such as data analytics and IoT to further enhance frontline operations?
- Teams may consider developing prototypes (either hardware, software or models) to showcase their solution.