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Celebrating Total Defence Day 2019

Updated: Mar 3, 2019

Last Total Defence Day, BSE reinforced how our nation’s peace and security are intricately linked to Total Defence and how Fire Safety, a subset of Civil Defence, lessens the extent of emergencies that can cause major disruptions to our daily lives and businesses. We also appreciated our partners in achieving Total Fire Safety for All and keeping Singapore a safe and prosperous place for our loved ones, such as the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF), building management, security guards, and fire safety companies. Working together, BSE is able to bring you the best products and deliver the best services for the safety of properties and lives under your watch.


Total Defence Day 2019

In line with the theme for Total Defence Day 2019, "Together We Keep Singapore Strong", which foregrounds the various ways all of us can put Total Defence into action in our daily lives, BSE is dedicating more attention and resources into educating the public about fire safety practices this year. Through this, we hope to demonstrate how each of us can contribute to maintaining the collective well-being and security that we presently enjoy.


Total Defence Day is held annually on 15 February as a reminder of the fateful day that Singapore fell to the Japanese in 1942 and what could happen to us if we are unable to defend Singapore ourselves. While there are five pillars of Total Defence, BSE is most involved in Civil Defence, which concerns the safety and basic needs of the whole community so that life may continue with minimum disruption during emergencies. For this to be effective, it requires a civilian population that is trained in rescue work, evacuation, first aid and damage control.


Thus, a key role of SCDF is to spearhead civil defence programmes in Singapore to promote emergency preparedness among the civilian population. This includes the provision of resources to educate and train the civilian population in civil defence knowledge and skills so that everyone in Singapore is able to look after himself/herself during a disaster. Resources may be strained during emergencies and we all need to pitch in. Knowing what to do during an emergency can save ourselves, our loved ones, help others and ensure that life goes on as normally as possible.


BSE works closely with SCDF to ensure the safety of lives, properties and businesses from fire. On top of our Fire Protection products and services that deal with fire-related emergencies when they happen, we also stress the importance of Fire Prevention and Fire Precaution. BSE’s Fire Prevention involves the inspection and servicing of alarm systems so that they work optimally, either preventing an emergency or significantly lessening the damage. Finally, Fire Precaution covers the initiatives that BSE conducts to educate building owners and the general public on life-saving fire safety knowledge and skills. These include fire demonstrations, system audits and educational materials.


So how can you put Civil Defence into action in your daily life?

  • Read up on what to do in an emergency and participate actively in Civil Defence exercises that the SCDF conducts i.e. community emergency preparedness exercises, fire demonstration exercises, and fire drills


  • Pick-up life-saving skills such as first aid, CPR, AED, or fire-fighting

  • Be vigilant and look out for suspicious persons or activities

To participate in the Total Defence Day 2019, do visit their website at

https://www.mindef.gov.sg/oms/imindef/mindef_websites/topics/totaldefence/totaldefence2018.html, or

their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/WeAreTotalDefence/


At the same time, we would like to thank Nexus (Total Defence) for their assistance in this post for Total Defence Day 2019.


#WEARETOTALDEFENCE


Sources:

https://www.scdf.gov.sg/home/community-volunteers/community-preparedness/total-defence

https://www.mindef.gov.sg/oms/imindef/mindef_websites/topics/totaldefence/home.html

https://www.mindef.gov.sg/oms/imindef/mindef_websites/topics/totaldefence/about_us/5_Pillars.html

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