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SCDF Fire and Rescue Officer (Direct-Entry Lieutenant)

Agency: MHA - Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF)
Job no.: 493325
Work type: Permanent/Contract
Location: Singapore
Categories:Home Team Uniformed Services

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 Tracked Fire-Fighting Vehicle 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.


In crises, SCDF Officers are in command. Because the difference between life and death depends on them making the right decisions in split seconds. This critical role requires you to have a warm heart that burns with desire to help turn disasters around.

As an SCDF Officer, you are revered for your ability to plan, lead and command. Whether its spearheading projects to reduce fires, enhance public emergency preparedness or strengthen the civil defence shelter programme, you possess mental and emotional clarity to do them efficiently. Coupled with organisational and communication skills, you put the plans into action effectively.

Minimum Requirements

To qualify for direct entry as a Lieutenant, you must meet the following requirements:-

- Singaporean
- Degree from a recognised University (any discipline)
- Male applicants must be PES A or B
- Minimum pass standard for IPPT
- Strong leadership and interpersonal skills

For comprehensive information with regards to a career in the SCDF, please refer to our career portal in the link below –

You may also want to consider visiting our fire station open house which allows members of the public to learn more about the roles, functions and operations of the SCDF. Please refer to the following link for more information regarding our fire station open house –

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