Ministry of Home Affairs | Singapore Civil Defence Force
by Lystraa Chan
SCDF is a uniformed organisation under the purview of the Ministry of Home Affairs. The main role of SCDF is to provide fire-fighting, rescue and emergency ambulance services; mitigating hazardous materials incidents, as well as formulate, implement and enforce regulations on fire safety and civil defence shelter matters.
SCDF also actively engages the local community through its wide-ranging public educational programmes and community-based activities to enhance the resilience and emergency preparedness of the civilian population.
Today,SCDF is recognised as a professional body of well-trained officers and specialists geared to round-the-clock respond to all types of life-threatening emergencies. An operationally-ready SCDF, working hand-in-hand with a prepared and resilient population, ensures that the nation is capable of handling any untoward eventualities
Lystraa Chan jobsDB.com speak to MAJ Lee Kok Chuen, SSG Ong Chien Lee and SSG Low Pey Yun from SCDF to find out more about their interesting roles and individual job scopes.
What special knowledge or skills does a Fire Analysis Team Leader need to have?
It would be beneficial for a Fire Analysis Team Leader to have some background
in statistical/trend analysis. Basic knowledge and interest in fire dynamics
and digital photography would also serve the officer well in the job.Continuous
training opportunities in the local scene or overseas are constantly evaluated
and officers will be sent for suitable courses.
Even after the fire has been extinguished, the fire scene will still have some heat which dissipates with time. The scene may also be strewn with debris and electrical wires which serves as physical hazards to investigators moving around in the fire scene.
Other than the physical challenges/hazards that one may face when documenting
a fire scene, there is also the time factor to be considered. It is crucial
to properly document a scene before physical evidence can be collected
to be sent to the laboratories for analysis. The quality of the physical
evidence degrades with time and timing of collection is crucial in the
quality of the sample collected.
Is it part of your work to travel to overseas countries? Tell us more.
It depends on the requirements of the organization and also whether there is a need to evaluate the various new equipment and Fire Investigation Techniques available overseas on a personal basis. Overseas Fire Investigation agencies contacts have been setup and this also facilitates the benchmarking studies to be completed on an annual basis via teleconferencing, emails etc.
It would be beneficial for someone new to Fire Analysis to have an inquisitive
mind and who is willing to gain knowledge from the experienced Fire Investigators
in the Fire Investigation Unit. It would also be good to respond to scenes
for fire investigation in the initial few months to have a deeper understanding
of the entire fire investigation process.
Is there a great deal of risk attached to your work?
Yes. However, with regular training, drills and advanced equipment, the risk involved is considerably lower.
A typical day’s programme will consist of:
It would be the unpredictable and dynamic job nature. There will be days
when there will not be a single incident at all. On other days, you might
have to response and attend to emergencies in the middle of your shower.
However, these are part and parcel of the job. Every incident is different
and so is the learning experience.
Qns: What aspects of being a Paramedic are the most challenging?
It would be having the ability to accurately diagnose the patient’s medical condition quickly and administer appropriate protocols/treatments to help improve/sustain and to prevent his/her condition from deteriorating.
Yes. A Paramedic is expected to always perform his/her rightful duties even under stressful (life & death) situations, under all weather conditions and sometimes even in dangerous/unexpected conditions. One also has to remain calm and tactful while dealing with critically injured/sick patients with distressed relatives or members of the public who can be abusive and violent. It can be physically and mentally stressful.
Besides gaining useful medical knowledge, skills and insights from the
job, I’ve learned how to handle people better by understanding and
listening to them.
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