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National Fire and Civil Emergency Preparedness Council Celebrates Thirtieth Anniversary
The anniversary celebrations, held on 31 October 2016, were accompanied by an award ceremony.

First founded in 1986, the National Fire Prevention Council’s main focus was to promote greater fire safety. Today, the National Fire and Civil Emergency Preparedness Council (NFEC) has an enhanced role that encompasses community emergency preparedness efforts.

The NFEC took on its current name in 2007 and continues to promote fire safety and civil emergency preparedness in Singapore, with assistance from the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) and a multitude of community partners.

On 31 October 2016, the NFEC celebrated its 30-year mark and recognised those partners who have made significant contributions towards ensuring the safety of families, public institutions and other sectors of the community.

 Mr Kevin Goh (right) receiving the Fire Safety Excellence Award on behalf of Jurong Point Shopping mall from Senior Minister of State for Home Affairs Mr Desmond Lee (left). PHOTO: Melvin Mak

Among the award recipients was Jurong Point Shopping Mall, which received the Fire Safety Excellence Award for its contributions to fire safety and emergency preparedness. Its contributions to fire safety include organising fire evacuation exercises during shopping hours and participating in annual emergency exercises with the SCDF.

“Our staff are always equipped with the skills and knowledge of how to react in emergency situations and keep everyone safe,” said Mr Kevin Goh, 53, Operations Director of Starmall Property Management, who received the award on behalf of Jurong Point Mall.

The NFEC also recognised its partners in schools through the CD Ready School Award. Elias Park Primary School was one of the 16 recipients of the award.

According to Mdm Esther Kwee, 32, a teacher at Elias Park Primary School, all academic staff had been taught lifesaving skills and fire evacuation procedures. The school also supports its Junior Civil Defence Lionhearters Club members in encouraging their fellow students to learn more about emergency preparedness.

 Mdm Esther Kwee (right) receiving the CD Ready School Award on behalf of Elias Park Primary School from Senior Minister of State for Home Affairs Mr Desmond Lee (left), in recognition of the school’s contributions to community emergency preparedness and fire safety. PHOTO: Melvin Mak

Other award recipients included grassroots and community leaders from the various Community Emergency and Engagement (C2E) Committees, primary and secondary schools and private sector partners.

In his speech during the celebrations, Guest-of Honour Senior Minister of State for Home Affairs Mr Desmond Lee congratulated the NFEC on reaching its 30-year milestone and urged the organisation and its partners to continue working together to keep Singapore safe and prepared for times of emergency.

“These awards reflect our appreciation and recognition of our partners and stakeholders who actively promote emergency preparedness knowledge and skills. The people who give all their time, energy and effort so that we are safe,” Mr Lee said.

 Senior Minister of State for Home Affairs Mr Desmond Lee (centre) cutting a cake to celebrate the NFEC’s Thirtieth Anniversary with NFEC Chairman Mr Alan Loh (right). PHOTO: Melvin Mak
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  1. by Jaiesh Sachi
  2. 01 November 2016
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