SCDF rides on data to get ambulances to patients more quickly

SCDF's assistant director of medical analytics Yeo Wee Teck (left) with SCDF medical department director Yazid Abdullah. By drawing on patterns gleaned from data, SCDF deploys ambulances to areas where higher demand is expected. Since late September,
SCDF's assistant director of medical analytics Yeo Wee Teck (left) with SCDF medical department director Yazid Abdullah. By drawing on patterns gleaned from data, SCDF deploys ambulances to areas where higher demand is expected. Since late September, it has been deploying them to more than 10 locations during peak periods, including community clubs.ST PHOTO: TOH TING WEI

Help has been arriving sooner in medical emergencies after the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) turned to data to decide where to deploy its ambulances during peak periods in a bid to improve response times.

An analytics team studies data such as when 995 calls are made, where the calls come from and the number of ambulances at each SCDF base - a fire station or a fire post.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 15, 2018, with the headline 'SCDF rides on data to get ambulances to patients more quickly'. Print Edition | Subscribe