The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) takes training safety very seriously. We have strict and extensive safety measures that safeguard our trainees against injuries and accidents during training. We also plan our curriculum in a progressive manner to ensure that our servicemen gradually reach the required fitness level.
Although we do our best to ensure a safe training environment, you are also responsible for your own safety. If you are feeling unwell, you should inform your instructor immediately. You know your own body best. Do not over-exert yourself as this can lead to accidents once oversight and carelessness set in due to excessive fatigue.
Your safety checklist
Safety consciousness begins during your Basic Rescue Training. Take note of the following to ensure your safety during training:
- Report sick if you are unwell.
- Drink sufficient water the night before and especially during strenuous activities.
- Inform your instructor if you are not feeling well during training.
- Have enough rest during the night especially if you are taking part in a physically strenuous activity the next day.
- Inform your instructor before the start of a strenuous activity if you have been medically excused.
Operating in a hot environment increases the likelihood of heat injury. Any trainee suspected to have suffered from heat injury will receive expedient and appropriate medical treatment.
If you experience any of the following symptoms during training, inform your instructor immediately:
- Inability to continue physical activity due to extreme fatigue
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Change in mental status, for e.g. confusion, delirium, disorientation, seizures
- Headaches and/or giddiness