Isolated incident not representative of SCDF culture

Isolated incident not representative of SCDF culture
A team of rescuers led by the Singapore Civil Defence Force extricating a body from a collapsed building in Lalitpur yesterday.

With reference to Mr Collis Loh Kah Fook's letter ("Foster stronger culture of pride in the uniform"; last Friday), the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) is very disappointed with, and takes a very serious view of, the behaviour of our officers shown in the video.

We have since commenced a thorough investigation and will take firm disciplinary action against those who are found guilty of misconduct.

This is an isolated incident involving a few officers and is in no way representative of the culture and discipline of SCDF officers, whose personal and professional conduct are expected to be exemplary.

The acts of these wayward officers go against our core values of pride and care, and to always put others before self. The SCDF and our officers will continue to live by these values as we carry out our duties.

Every day, SCDF officers put themselves on the front line, saving lives and property in the face of danger.

Just last year alone, SCDF officers responded to some 160,000 calls involving fire and rescue incidents, as well as emergency medical cases.

Currently, we have 60 officers in Nepal under Operation Lionheart to carry out disaster rescue and recovery operations.

Every year, the Civil Defence Academy trains about 28,000 local and international participants on various courses. Contrary to Mr Loh's perception, the graduation ceremonies of all our milestone courses - specialists or officer cadets - involve their families.

This allows the graduates to share their proud moments with their families and reinforce their pride in being a member of the life saving force.

A. Razak Raheem (Colonel)

This article was first published on May 3, 2015.
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