Throwing firefighters into water at important junctures of their training is a tradition passed down over the decades in the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF).
The practice, often involving pump wells, stems from a belief that firefighters should be comfortable with water. Some personnel go to great lengths to observe this, and it has become a key part of a ragging culture in the force, despite regular reminders and warnings from their commanders not to do so, former civil defence servicemen told The Straits Times.
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