Fire-safety equipment, know-how: SCDF replies

We thank Miss Lee Kay Yan for her feedback on fire-safety installations in buildings ("Proper equipment, know-how needed for fire safety"; Nov 15).

Under the Fire Code, building owners must put in place the required fire-safety installations.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) conducts regular fire-safety enforcement audits to ensure that fire-safety standards are adhered to, and that potential fire hazards are detected and rectified by building owners.

If there are cases of serious non-compliance, building owners can be prosecuted.

SCDF also partners the National Fire and Civil Emergency Preparedness Council to promote fire safety and emergency preparedness in our schools, homes and workplaces.

We also introduced the Company Emergency Response Team framework for commercial and industrial premises that require in-house emergency response capabilities.

Members of the public can also join the SCDF's Community Emergency Preparedness Programme or the recently launched I Am Safe online programme to pick up skills on first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of automated external defibrillators and fire extinguishers.

Leslie Williams (Lieutenant-Colonel)

Senior Assistant Director

(Public Affairs Department)

Singapore Civil Defence Force

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 19, 2016, with the headline 'Fire-safety equipment, know-how: SCDF replies'. Subscribe