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Developing a nation of lifesavers

The Singapore Civil Defence Force is using innovation to fulfil its mission of keeping Singapore safe.

Mr Yap says the SCDF will continue to use innovation as the key enabler in its transformation journey.

VIRTUAL reality, robotics and data analytics are some of the technologies being used by the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) to improve the organisation's operational effectiveness.

This is part of a longer-term innovation process to transform and to work towards its goal of fostering "A Nation of Lifesavers", says SCDF Commissioner Eric Yap.

"The SCDF will continue to use innovation as the key enabler in our transformation journey, propelling us towards our 2025 Vision of building 'A Nation of Lifesavers'," he says.

Innovation is most pronounced in SCDF's operational preparedness and response, and has been the key fulfilling its mission of protecting and saving lives and property for a safe and secure Singapore.

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"Based on the tenet that everyone has the potential to innovate, the SCDF has built up a supportive structure to facilitate development of ground up ideas into actual implementation," says Major Zhou Yan Sheng, Senior Staff Officer, Innovation Development, at SCDF.

This process of continuous innovation is evident in the evolution of SCDF's Light Fire Attack Vehicles.

Warrant Officer Salih Shaik Dawood, Deputy Rota Commander, Jurong Fire Station, says: "Over the years, we have seen the use of different generations of Light Fire Attack Vehicles (LFAV), where innovation is built upon previous innovations. The latest LFAVs exemplify this spirit of continuous innovation by incorporating compressed air foam technology enabling the SCDF to fight fires four times faster and using 70 per cent less water."

The SCDF is one of the few emergency organisations globally to provide the full spectrum of emergency services of fire-fighting, rescue, hazardous material (HazMat) mitigation and pre-hospital emergency medical care. It closely partners relevant stakeholders to formulate, implement and enforce regulations on fire safety and civil defence shelter matters.

Separately, it also actively engages the community through a wide range of public educational programmes and activities to enhance their level of resilience and emergency preparedness.

Since the enactment of the Civil Defence (CD) Act in 1986, it has significantly transformed over the decades to become a trusted, highly professional and future-ready organisation that is firmly committed to the cause of saving lives and protecting property.