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NTU Students Step Up to Keep the Community Safe
The Nanyang Technological University (NTU)-Civil Defence Lionhearter Club was launched on 11 August 2016.

Fighting flames, assisting the wounded and helping paramedics attend to casualties; student participants from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) displayed coordination, efficiency and urgency during a scenario drill held at the launch of the NTU-Civil Defence Lionhearter Club.

The Civil Defence Lionhearter Club (CD Lionhearter Club) was first launched at Singapore Polytechnic in 2009, and now has a combined membership of over 700 members island-wide. NTU is the first university to join the CD Lionhearter movement, which currently includes all five polytechnics in Singapore, as well as all three Institute of Technical Education (ITE) schools.

The NTU-CD Lionhearters pose for a photo with faculty members and SCDF Commissioner Mr. Eric Yap (back row, fourth from the right) PHOTO: Desmond Ang

CD Lionhearters are tertiary students trained by the Singapore Civil Defence force (SCDF) through a Community Emergency Preparedness Programme (CEEP) that focuses on skills such as first aid, Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and basic firefighting.

“We want our students to have an altruistic vision of what they want to do in university and outside of it… acquiring skills like CPR and firefighting provides very important elements that contribute to the wholesomeness of their education,” said Associate Professor Lok Tat Seng, Director of Students in NTU.

Fourth-year NTU Mechanical Engineering student and Chairman of the NTU-CD Lionhearter Club Mr Wang Chenweiyi, 27, was motivated to join the pioneer batch of NTU Lionhearters after serving his National Service with the SCDF.

Mr Wang Chenweiyi (right) tends to an injured casualty during the mock exercise held prior to the official launch of the NTU-CD Lionhearter Club. PHOTO: Desmond Ang

“Juggling between my schoolwork and being a CD Lionhearter is not easy but it is a sacrifice (that) we have to make to safeguard our family and our community as a whole,” he said.

For second-year NTU Linguistics and Multilingual Studies student Ms Chew Si Hui, 21, being the sole female NTU-CD Lionhearter was an initial surprise. Ms Chew had felt that everyone, regardless of gender, should learn how to save lives.

Ms Chew Si Hui (left) demonstrates how a First Responder can utilise improvised materials to stem excess blood flow. PHOTO: Desmond Ang

“NTU has people from all walks of life and we are aiming to enlist more women as members, allowing them to learn valuable lifesaving skills and keep the community safe,” said Ms Chew.

Speaking at the launch, Associate Professor (A/P) Ho Peng Kee, Chairman of the Home Team Volunteer Network, urged the newly-commissioned NTU Lionhearters to be the first to respond to on-campus incidents. He further stressed the importance of vigilance in today’s society and encouraged other universities to set up their own CD Lionhearter Clubs.

Associate Professor (A/P) Ho Peng Kee, Chairman of the Home Team Volunteer Network, encouraged the NTU-CD Lionhearters to reach out to the community and invite more students to join the club. PHOTO: Desmond Ang

“These are life skills that people can use for the rest of their lives, and this is something we want to tell all Singaporeans, so that there is greater community vigilance, there is greater community cohesion and more importantly there is greater community resilience,” said A/P Ho during his address to the newly-commissioned NTU Lionhearters.

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  1. by Jaiesh Sachi
  2. 11 August 2016
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