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SGSecure: Faces of the Community
One Emergency Preparedness Day; many heartwarming stories. Home Team News spoke to residents of Taman Jurong who shared why the SGSecure movement is important to them.

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 We’re stronger when we all work together! Here are some of the many Home Team officers, volunteers and residents we met at the Taman Jurong EP Day. Look out for them in your neighbourhood! PHOTOS: Muhamad Khair
 

From learning first-aid skills for the first time to sharing SGSecure messages, residents braved the cold weather to attend the Taman Jurong EP Day. Held on 14 January 2018 at Taman Jurong Community Centre, here are some of the folks we spoke to that day.

Sergeant Muhammad Yusri bin Ninsalam, Singapore Civil Defence Force(SCDF)

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 Sergeant Muhammad Yusri, 26, is a section commander who leads a team of firefighters. PHOTO: Muhamad Khair
 

“This is my first EP Day, and there’s a good turnout. I was involved in the SGSecure demonstration where my team carried the “casualty” out from the scene. It’s our first time doing something like this in front of an audience, but it was okay because we’ve done scenario-based training for organisations before.

“It’s important for the public to know what to do and what not to do in times of crisis. Once they’re aware, they can apply what they have learnt, like Run, Hide and Tell.

“When members of the public know life-saving skills, it helps the SCDF. There have been cases where they applied Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) before the paramedics arrived. Some even know how to use the fire extinguisher, and have extinguished fires before we arrived. It’s very useful when the public knows these skills!” 

Siti Mysha Foo, Taman Jurong Resident

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 Siti Mysha Foo, 39, with her five-year-old daughter, Arissa Jenna, who happily manoeuvred through the crowd on her scooter. PHOTO: Muhamad Khair
 

“Today, I learnt from the volunteers how to do CPR and how to use the Automated External Defibrillator.

“I found out about this EP Day when I met a Police officer at the market this morning. It’s my first time here, and I live nearby, so it was easy for me to come and see what was going on! I think that more people should come to EP Days because they offer really good knowledge.

“It’s important to be prepared because we want our home to be safe for our children. That’s why I brought my daughter along – I wanted her to be aware of what’s happening as well.”

 Tan Kim Leong, Citizens On Patrol(COP) Volunteer

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 Tan Kim Leong (left) with fellow COP member, Lim Boon Lam, 53. Kim Leong has been a COP member for five years, while Boon Lam has been one for three years. PHOTO: Muhamad Khair

“Every third Friday of the month, COP members will patrol parts of the neighbourhood for one hour. But before that, we contact the Neighbourhood Police Centre nearby to see if there’s a Police officer available to tag along with us.

“We go from block to block and door to door to distribute flyers on crime prevention. While we keep a look out for suspicious activity in our neighbourhood, it’s not only about catching criminals – it’s also about helping our neighbours.

“Sometimes, people are forgetful and they leave their keys outside their homes, so we help them, and see if there are other ways we can help the residents in our community.”

Rhizzel B Molina, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Volunteer

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 Rhizzel Molina (right), 40, with her good friend, Tarcel Alpes, 47. Both are domestic helpers from the Philippines, and have been working in Singapore for 12 and 18 years respectively. PHOTO: Muhamad Khair
 

“I’ve been a CERT volunteer for five years and my friend, Tarcel, has been one for nine years. It’s our ‘off-day’ today. On Sundays, when we have nothing to do, we volunteer.

“First-aid skills are very useful, and my employers are very supportive! Actually, they were the ones who paid for my first course to become a CERT member. It’s very useful for us because as domestic helpers, we take care of young children – you’ll never know when these skills might come in handy.”

 Kimberly Leow, National Police Cadet Corp (NPCC) Cadet

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 Kimberly Leow (right), 14, with her friend and fellow artist, Faith Tang. Both are students of Yuan Ching Secondary School. PHOTO: Muhamad Khair
 

“This artwork took us about three days to complete, and it was a team effort.

“Our artwork describes a scenario that may happen in the future. In our drawing, there’s a system that alerts people about a bombing. There’s also a signboard for a bomb shelter, so that people can get there safely and not panic.

“I feel that a lot of people don’t cherish the safety of our country, and they take it for granted. That’s why SGSecure is so important, because it teaches people what to do in dangerous situations.”

Join us at these upcoming events
Learn skills and knowledge to better protect ourselves from a terror attack; here’s a list of upcoming EP Days. For more information, visit the SGSecure website.

 

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  1. by Muhamad Khair
  2. 19 January 2018
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