SINGAPORE - On her toughest day of training, Captain Anne Tan, 24, and her team recalled that on her toughest day in the course was an operation that her team were required to set up more than 200 hoses by hand and evacuate five "casualties" (90kg dummies).
"We call it Operation Long Lay On, and I knew it was like a rite of passage for trainees. It was difficult," she said.
But Capt Tan still aced it and beat 35 other trainees in the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) Officer Cadet Training course.
She also became the second woman to win the "Golden Axe" award, an honour given to the batch's best trainee.
The previous female winner got the award 15 years ago.
Getting to the top was a challenge for Capt Tan, who joined the SCDF after getting a bachelor's degree in social science from the National University of Singapore. In January, she joined the tough 32-week course.
Capt Tan is not as strong as the male cadets, but she makes up for it with her stamina and never-say-die attitude.
"I do struggle a bit when it comes to brute strength, such as when I have to do heavy lifting," said Capt Tan, who is 1.64m tall and weighs 48kg.