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Apply now Agency: MHA - Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF)
Job no.: 541749
Work type: Contract
Location: Singapore
Categories: Building and Estate Management, Investigation, Others, Enforcement

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) is a uniformed organisation under the purview of the Ministry of Home Affairs. The main role of SCDF is to provide fire-fighting, rescue and emergency ambulance services; mitigating hazardous materials incidents, as well as formulate, implement and enforce regulations on fire safety and civil defence shelter matters. 

In 1982, the National Civil Defence Plan was launched which spearheaded the emergency preparedness for the nation. With the enactment of the Civil Defence Act in 1986, the SCDF was established as an independent organisation under the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). In the same year, the Hotel New World collapse paved the way for joint operations between the SCDF and Singapore Fire Service (SFS). Due to the similarity in roles and functions, the SCDF and SFS were formally integrated on 15 April 1989. 

Over the years, the SCDF has improved its life saving operations through innovations and programmes to enhance her fire-fighting, rescue capabilities and public education plans. The Light Fire Attack Vehicle (The Red Rhino) and Unmanned Fire-Fighting Machine are some of the customized solutions which the force has developed to increase its operational capabilities. The SCDF also actively engages the local community through its wide-ranging public educational programmes and community-based activities to enhance the resilience and emergency preparedness of the civilian population. 

Today, the Force is recognised by the population as a professional body of well-trained officers and men geared to respond to all types of life-threatening emergencies round-the-clock. An operationally ready SCDF, working hand-in-hand with a prepared and resilient population, helps to ensure that the nation is capable of handling any untoward eventualities.



We are part of Singapore's Home Team. Our mission - to protect and save lives and property for a safe and secure Singapore. When you join us, you join the ranks of an elite team of professionals, entrusted to safeguard the stability of our nation. You make a difference in the lives of our citizens.



You will develop and manage the preparatory work for SCDF’s upcoming Fire Research Centre (FRC), which is expected to commence operations in mid-2022 at the Civil Defence Academy. In addition, you will work with the Product Listing Scheme Branch to provide technical consultation on fire safety product testing.

The FRC will be used largely for applied research. In the field of fire safety, Fire Safety Department (FSD) intends to validate various Fire Code clauses through fire tests, beyond fire modelling. For operations, the FRC will be used to test new technologies (e.g. fire-fighting medium/equipment, electrical vehicles, etc.) and also help SCDF validate hypotheses by fire scene reconstruction. SCDF is also exploring potential projects for collaboration with other agencies, including Institutes of Higher Learning and government agencies to collaborate on studies involving vertical fire spread on facades, and research on solar panels, among others.


Job Requirements  

- To develop the fire research and testing facilities

- Accelerate preparatory work for SCDF to operate upcoming Fire Research Centre

- Procurement of equipment for the Fire Research Centre, including ensuring adequacy of current tender specifications to meet requirements

- Establishing training and standard operating procedures, including how to prepare proper documentation for test procedures, for the Fire Research Centre

- Training of staff to operate the Fire Research Centre

- To procure, monitor and coordinate outsourced internal audit services for the Fire Research Centre

- Obtain relevant accreditation for the Fire Research Centre, e.g. ISO/IEC 17025

- Provide consultation to Fire Safety Department on fire test standards, especially regarding the testing of fire safety products and materials

- To participate in various internal committees and to represent SCDF in external committees involving various agencies to provide advice on matters pertaining to building fire safety



1. Relevant work experience in fire research and product testing or equivalent is a must, with preferably at least 10 years of experience in this industry.

2. Prior experience in establishing and running a product testing laboratory, including translating business needs to technical system requirements, preferably related to fire safety products and materials.

3. Strong oral, written and presentation skills.

4. Possess strong analytical, problem solving and project management skills.

5. Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills.

6. Resourceful, proactive and able to work with people from diverse backgrounds.


If you are shortlisted for the position(s), you should hear from us within 30 days of the closing date of the advertisement.

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