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Students Take Part in Inaugural Community First Responder Challenge
Putting out fires, spotting suspicious people and solving riddles were just some of the challenges the participants of the Community First Responder Challenge had to overcome on 19 October 2017.

Racing from one pit stop to another, 140 polytechnic and tertiary students performed improvised first aid and answered emergency preparedness questions as they raced against the clock and each other.

These students were participating in the inaugural Community First Responder (CFR) Challenge 2017 at Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) on 19 October 2017.

The challenge involved students scanning QR codes with a smartphone application to find clues and solve puzzles that tested their knowledge of emergency preparedness.

The champion team for the CFR Challenge 2017 consisted of Civil Defence Lionhearters (CD Lionhearters) from NYP and the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) College Central.

Conquering the Stations

The pit stops included three hands-on stations centred around the Triangle of Life skills - Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Improvised First Aid Skills (IFAS) and basic firefighting skills.


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At the CPR station, each team had to perform CPR on a dummy that was experiencing “cardiac arrest”. They then had their techniques assessed by officers from the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF), along with feedback on how they could improve. PHOTO: Jaiesh Sachi

“The CPR challenge refreshed my memory of the proper CPR chest compression techniques that I first learnt during first aid courses in school,” said Mr Danish Bin Jumahat, 17, an ITE College Central CD Lionhearter and part of the champion team.


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Over at the IFAS station, participants had to perform first aid on a “casualty” within a given time limit to score the maximum points. They were also taught the “Press, Tie, Tell” SGSecure advisory, which gave them further insight into what to do when providing first aid to injured casualties: Jaiesh Sachi

“At the IFAS station I learnt how to tie a tourniquet with a belt within three minutes. This skill will allow me to help people who are injured or bleeding in the event of an emergency,” said Miss Chua Xin Hua Euny, 18, an NYP CD Lionhearter from the champion team.Over at the IFAS station, participants had to perform first aid on a “casualty” within a given time limit to score the maximum points. They were also taught the “Press, Tie, Tell” SGSecure advisory, which gave them further insight into what to do when providing first aid to injured casualties: Jaiesh Sachi

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The final hands-on station involved basic firefighting and required participants to extinguish a fire under the watchful eye of SCDF officers. At the station, participants were taught how to properly hold and use a fire extinguisher. PHOTO: Jaiesh Sachi

“The firefighting station taught me that the best way to hold a fire extinguisher is to hold it sideways; like cradling a baby. This will enable me to extinguish a fire faster and with less effort in future,” said Mr Chong Yuan Le, 18, an ITE Central CD Lionhearter.

Achieving Victory

Apart from the hands-on stations, participants had to answer questions and solve riddles through the smartphone app. These questions helped familiarise them with SGSecure advisories such as “Run, Hide, Tell” and keeping a lookout for suspicious people and items.

It was ultimately the champion team’s sharp eyes which allowed them to solve the final challenge - identifying a suspicious individual who was hidden among the crowd.

“Once we received the final challenge through the app, we started looking around. We saw a man who was covering his face and carrying what looked like a gun so we snapped a photo of him with the app,” said Mr Danish.


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The champion team consisting of NYP and ITE College Central students.(From second left to right) Mr Danish Bin Jumahat, Mr Chia Yi Xuan, Miss Chua Xin Hua Euny and Mr Chong Yuan Le onstage with their medals and book vouchers. PHOTO: Jaiesh Sachi

Speaking at the flag-off of the CFR Challenge, Guest-of-Honour Associate Professor (A/P) Ho Peng Kee, Chairman of the Home Team Volunteer Network, emphasised the need to learn emergency preparedness skills and messages in order to safeguard Singapore in the event of a crisis.Thanks to their fast reflexes and knowledge of emergency preparedness, the team was able to complete the challenge with the highest points and in the shortest time, and were named as the CFR Challenge 2017 champion team.

“I hope that the skills you learn during the CFR Challenge will inspire you to continue being first responders and to actively teach your friends and family important first aid and lifesaving skills,” said A/P Ho.

Visit the SGSecure website to find out how you can be part of the SGSecure movement. If you are keen to be a first responder, find out more from the SCDF website.

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  1. by Jaiesh Sachi
  2. 25 October 2017
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