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SHANMUGAM ON SCDF NSF WHO DIED WHILE FIGHTING FIRE: “VERY UNFORTUNATE, VERY SAD”

Singapore Minister for Home Affairs and Law K Shanmugam addressed the news of the NSF firefighter who died while fighting a fire that broke out at Henderson Road.

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He conveyed his condolences to the family, and described the incident as being “very unfortunate” and “very sad.”

Here is what he said

[SCDF firefighter dies while fire fighting]

Very unfortunate that a full-time SCDF NSF firefighter passed away today while fighting a fire at Henderson Road. Young man. Very sad.

Home Team officers work tirelessly and bravely every day to keep our homes and Singaporeans safe.

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We do our best to protect our officers, but the nature of the work means that there will always be risks.

My deepest condolences to his family. MHA will assist them during this difficult time.

SCDF’s statement

SCDF was alerted to a fire at 91 Henderson Road at about 11.10 am today (8 Dec 2022).

Upon arrival, the fire was raging inside a unit on the 4th floor and the corridor was heavily smoke-logged. SCDF firefighters, donning breathing apparatus, entered and pushed through the smoke-logged unit with two water jets to engage the fire.

Sometime into the firefighting operation, a Full-time National Serviceman (NSF) firefighter fell unconscious in the kitchen area. His crew immediately brought him out of the unit and administered cardio-pulmonary resuscitation 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.

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SCDF and his teammates are very saddened by his death, and extend our deepest condolences to his family. The NSF firefighter was part of the first response crew for this fire incident, and was bravely carrying out his mission of protecting and saving lives and property.

SCDF is providing assistance and support to the family during this difficult time.

Investigations are ongoing.

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