SCDF officer dies after fighting fire on ship

SCDF officer dies after fighting fire on ship

A regular member of the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) died early on Thursday ( May 16 ) after starting a fire on a ship anchored in the southwest of Singapore.

Around 12.15 am, SCDF received a notification about the fire, and paramedics from its West Coast Marine Fire Station boarded the vehicle to begin firefighting activities.

When the paramedics arrived, they found smoking coming out of the boat’s engine area.

A typical commander who was a schedule chief teamed up with another fire to conduct fire up inside the smoke-filled engine room during the operation, according to a press release from SCDF on Thursday afternoon.

While the schedule captain was moving around the engine area with a thermal imager to find other hot places within the room, the fire was directing a water flight towards the source of the fire.

The schedule commander was discovered by another group of firefighters entering the engine area to help the activity, which was about 4 meters down a lower system of the area from the area where the firefighting operation was being conducted.

” He was conscious, but as he appeared unwell, evacuation was immediately initiated. The rota commander then lost consciousness, and a cardiopulmonary resuscitation was administered to him, according to SCDF.

He was taken to Pasir Panjang Ferry Terminal and transported to National University Hospital by an SCDF ambulance.

Around 5.50 am, the ambulance arrived at the hospital, and the officer was later declared dead.

The passing of our officer has deeply saddening SCDF. We are providing the family with our fullest support”, SCDF said.

Investigations are ongoing.