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SGSecure: Residents Pick Up Anti-Terror Skills at Sengkang Central EP Day
On 3 December 2016, residents in Sengkang gathered at the Sengkang Central Emergency Preparedness Day

Residents in Sengkang caught a glimpse of what a terrorist attack could look and sound like in their neighbourhood during a counter terrorism exercise at Sengkang Community Centre on 3 December 2016.

The exercise was a simulation of a gunman attack at the community centre, and drew focus on how members of the community should respond to keep themselves and the people around them safe.

It was conducted in conjunction with the Sengkang Central Emergency Preparedness (EP) Day, where members of the public were encouraged to be part of SGSecure and were taught the skills and knowledge they need to respond to terror attacks. The SGSecure movement was first launched by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in September 2016.

“SGSecure puts the civil, social and psychological aspects of Total Defence into action. It also calls on all of us to stay alert to security threats, to stay united as one people and to stay strong and quickly bounce back from crisis,” said Guest-of-Honour Minister of State for Manpower Mr Teo Ser Luck during his opening address.

Guest-of-Honour Minister of State for Manpower Mr Teo Ser Luck (in red) trying out a fire extinguisher at the Sengkang Central Emergency Preparedness Day. PHOTO: Aizil A.Rahim

Mr Teo, who is also Mayor for the North East District and Grassroots Adviser to Pasir Ris-Punggol Grassroots Organisations, delivered his address in both English and Mandarin.

“By familiarising ourselves with the ‘Run, Hide, Tell’ and ‘Press, Tie, Tell” advisories, we will know what to do and how to help those who are injured,” Mr Teo added.

Addressing a crowd comprising senior citizens, Mr Teo also called on members of the community to work together to safeguard their wellbeing, and the people around them.

Mr Teo, who is also Mayor for the North East District and Grassroots Adviser to Pasir Ris-Punggol Grassroots Organisations, delivering his address in both English and Mandarin. PHOTO: Aizil A.Rahim

“In times of emergency, do you know where and how you can seek help? We can teach you how to help yourself if you, or the people around you, are unwell. It won’t take long, you only need to spend half a day to learn some of these skills… If we work together, we can build a stronger and safer community,” he said in Mandarin.

Mr Balkrishna Tripathi, who brought his 11-year-old daughter and seven-year-old son along, agreed that it is important to get more people prepared and trained to react to emergencies and accidents.

Mr Balkrishna Tripathi had brought his son and daughter along after seeing a flyer and receiving an SMS earlier in the morning. PHOTO: Aizil A.Rahim

“One of the things that was being shown here was ‘Press, Tie, Tell’ that is going to be helpful if someone is injured during emergencies. Also learning how to use a fire extinguisher is helpful,” the 40-year-old IT Manager said.

Ingrid Li, 38, had previously learned how to perform Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) from her neighbourhood community centre, but she wanted to refresh her knowledge. So when she found out about the event, she brought her seven-year-old son Sylvester with her.

Ms Ingrid Li attended the Sengkang Central EP Day with her seven-year-old son to increase their knowledge on emergency response. PHOTO: Aizil A.Rahim

“He’s quite interested about that, and I also want him to increase his knowledge about emergency preparation,” she said.

For full-time teacher Ruhaidah Ramli, the Sengkang Central EP day was a chance to introduce her 10-year-old son to ongoing global events, while picking up life-saving skills.

“My son has always been talking about terrorism. This event gives him a deeper insight to what he hears his friends or his teachers say in school, because kids are the leaders of the future, and they need to know how to address these things,” the 36-year-old said.

Ms Ruhaidah Ramli learned how to perform CPR and understood the usage of an AED machine. She says she is now confident of using the equipment if the situation calls for it. PHOTO: Aizil A.Rahim

“I find that this event is very informative, especially when I can learn how to respond to a crisis. I’ve learnt so many things like extinguishing a fire, CPR and I also had a view of an AED for the first time,” she added.

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  1. by Desmond Ang
  2. 05 December 2016
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