Basic Rescue Training

Basic Rescue Training (BRT) is an initiation to the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) and rite of passage every full-time National Serviceman (NSF) must go through. However, the type and duration you will be required to go through will depend on your Physical Employment Standard (PES) and Pre-Enlistee Individual Physical Proficiency Test (IPPT) results. You can refer to our page on Enlistment Notice for more details.

In general, you can expect to undergo the following training and activities during BRT:

  • Foot drills
  • Basic first aid
  • Rescue skills
  • Basic fire-fighting skills (Extinguisher)
  • IPPT
  • Rescue Equipment Proficiency Test
  • Rescue operation exercises
  • Swimming and field sports

The actual training curriculum will differ for NSFs depending on their PES, physical abilities and training needs. Regardless of which type of BRT you will be going through, training safety is continually emphasised in the SCDF. All possible safety control measures are taken to ensure that you are safeguarded against all injuries during training.

Beyond skills required for operational rescue work, BRT is also a period for new recruits to be inducted to the way of life and culture, so that you can learn and adjust to the requirements of working and living within a disciplined organisation. Your performance during BRT will be assessed for deployment to a suitable vocation after BRT. Learn more about the BRT journey and training after BRT.