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NSF WHO DIED FIGHTING HENDERSON RD FIRE, IS 1ST FIREFIGHTER TO DIE IN AN SCDF OPERATION

๐——๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ต ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ฆ๐—–๐——๐—™ ๐—™๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ต๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—Ÿ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐——๐˜‚๐˜๐˜†

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On 8 December 2022, SCDF was alerted to a fire at 91 Henderson Road at around 11.10am. During the firefighting operation, CPL Edward H Go (ๅดๅฎๆพค), 19, fell unconscious in the kitchen area. He was brought out of the unit and cardio-pulmonary resuscitation was administered on him. An SCDF ambulance crew at the scene also used the automated external defibrillator on him and conveyed him to Singapore General Hospital. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

CPL Edward enlisted with the SCDF to serve his National Service on 5 January 2022. He began his 12 weeks of training as a firefighter on 3 February 2022 and completed his training on 28 April 2022. Prior to enlistment, CPL Edward was certified medically fit and assessed to be of Physical Employment Standardsโ€™ (PES) โ€˜Aโ€™. After completing his Firefighter Course, CPL Edward was posted to Central Fire Station on 4 May 2022. Since his posting to the fire station, he had responded to more than 20 fire and rescue incidents.

SCDF frontline units comprise regulars, Full-time National Servicemen (NSFs) and Operationally Ready National Servicemen (ORNSmen), all of whom are trained to carry out roles as Rota Commanders, Section Commanders or Firefighters. In a fire or rescue emergency, officers of these vocations form a composite crew to respond to the incident. All the training for these different roles and responsibilities are carried out centrally at the Civil Defence Academy through various firefighting and rescue courses.

CPL Edward was part of the first response crew for the fire incident on 8 December 2022. SCDF officers, like CPL Edward, put their lives on the line each time they enter the scene of a fire in order to save others.

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SCDF is deeply saddened by the death of CPL Edward. He is our first colleague to have fallen during an operation. We extend our deepest condolences to his family, and are providing them with our fullest support. With the agreement of the family, we will be holding a ceremonial funeral to honour CPL Edward H Go.

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