SCDF to review emergency services in future to cope with increasing demand

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An SCDF ambulance.
An SCDF ambulance. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - The civil defence force would have to review its ambulance operations to cope with increasing demand for emergency medical services, Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam said on Saturday.

Speaking at an Singapore Civil Defence Force parade during the Home Team Festival at the Singapore Expo, Mr Shanmugam said calls for ambulances have been increasing by about 5 per cent each year.

In the first half of this year, the SCDF attended to about 82,000 emergency medical calls, or about 450 a day. It is an increase of about 7.4 per cent over the same period last year, he said.

"It will not be possible for SCDF to continuously expand its ambulance fleet and personnel to meet this increase in demand," said Mr Shanmugam.

He also condemned the terrorist attacks that struck the French capital early Saturday morning, pointing out that initial reports indicated some 150 innocent lives have been lost.

"To bring war onto the streets of cities in such a complete dastardly way shows that terrorist attacks can take place anywhere," said Mr Shanmugam.