SCDF gets creative to battle new challenges

Major Zhou Yansheng, an innovation development officer, says ground officers are in the best position to give feedback on SCDF operations as "they are the ones who go out, save lives and put out fires". Senior Warrant Officer Zahari Mohd Zain, a seni
SCDF's fire-fighting fleet - (from left) a fire engine, an unmanned fire-fighting machine, a fire bike, a fifth-generation Red Rhino and a ventilation vehicle - on display at the SCDF headquarters in Ubi on Tuesday.ST PHOTOS: KEVIN LIM
Major Zhou Yansheng, an innovation development officer, says ground officers are in the best position to give feedback on SCDF operations as "they are the ones who go out, save lives and put out fires". Senior Warrant Officer Zahari Mohd Zain, a seni
An SCDF officer demonstrating the use of a compressed air foam (CAF) backpack. CAF is more effective in the field as it extinguishes fire four times faster than water. ST PHOTOS: KEVIN LIM
Major Zhou Yansheng, an innovation development officer, says ground officers are in the best position to give feedback on SCDF operations as "they are the ones who go out, save lives and put out fires". Senior Warrant Officer Zahari Mohd Zain, a seni
Senior Warrant Officer Zahari Mohd Zain, a senior fire investigator, with his invention - the Shut Off Valve Adaptor (in silver). The device is used to control water flow and can be affixed anywhere along the hose line. ST PHOTOS: KEVIN LIM
Major Zhou Yansheng, an innovation development officer, says ground officers are in the best position to give feedback on SCDF operations as "they are the ones who go out, save lives and put out fires". Senior Warrant Officer Zahari Mohd Zain, a seni
Major Zhou Yansheng, an innovation development officer, says ground officers are in the best position to give feedback on SCDF operations as "they are the ones who go out, save lives and put out fires". ST PHOTOS: KEVIN LIM

Home Team agency taps ideas from ground officers to develop innovations in a changing urban landscape

A 2005 house fire in Irrawaddy Road was what sparked Senior Warrant Officer (SWO) Zahari Mohd Zain's first invention in his 36-year career with the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF).

Then a deputy rota commander at Paya Lebar Fire Station, SWO Zahari and his men fought the fire, which started at the entrance.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 13, 2018, with the headline 'SCDF gets creative to battle new challenges'. Print Edition | Subscribe