Fire stations of the world: New Kallang Fire Station opened in Singapore
On Wednesday morning, 9 October 2019, Singapore’s 22nd fire station, Kallang Fire Station (KFS), was officially opened by K Shanmugam, Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Law. Located at No 2 Guillemard Close, KFS provides faster emergency response to the existing Kallang area and the Singapore Sports Hub. Emergency response to these areas was previously provided by Mountbatten Fire Post and Paya Lebar Fire Station. In the future, we will also see new developments such as the Velodrome, Youth Hub, Football Hub and Kallang Theatre. KFS was built ahead of these developments and stands poised to provide prompt and effective emergency response when these developments are completed. A first of its kind for Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF), KFS houses a Home Team Joint Facility (HTJF). Its strategic location is ideal as a command and staging area for Home Team units to mount joint operations and standbys for major events.
The police, the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) and other agencies now have access to the joint facility to coordinate operations during major events. The first of its kind to be built, the Home Team Joint Facility (HTJF) in Kallang Fire Station operates as a command and staging area during such operations. "It is a good platform for even greater collaborations within the home team agencies," said Shanmugam.
The HTJF is located on an upper floor in the fire station and includes a main command room where personnel from the police, SCDF and other agencies will work together.
SCDF's director of operations, Assistant Commissioner Daniel Seet, said the purpose-built facility would allow the agencies to quickly set up their command capabilities, unlike in the past where agencies must first find a suitable site for their operations.
HTJF would be available to the police and SCDF during major events like the Formula 1 races and National Day as well as during security incidents, said AC Seet. "This allows us to come together and think more about how we can do joint operations better, how to synergise our work better," he said.
To accommodate such joint operations, the Kallang Fire Station has a total floor area of 14 000sq m for housing a large number of emergency vehicles that can be quickly deployed.
The fire station also houses vehicles such as the Pumper Firefighting Machine, an unmanned firefighting device, and will house the SCDF's first High Level Articulated Appliance, a machine that can be extended to reach the top of a 30-storey building.
During the launch of the fire station on Wednesday, Shanmugam also announced a new career track for uniformed officers known as the Ops-Tech track.
These officers will receive specialist training and will be based in the SCDF and Singapore Police Force where they will integrate technology into the agencies' everyday operations.
SCDF's Deputy Commissioner (Future Technology and Public Safety) Teong How Hwa said the officers will serve as a bridge between agencies like the SCDF, and the upcoming Home Team Science and Technology Agency. "The future looks very exciting for them, because ops-tech officers can translate frontier technology into front-line operations."
Source: Singapore Civil Defence Force and Straits Times