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Volunteer Lifesavers, Driven by Passion
Three SCDF volunteers share how helping others sparks joy in them.

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Supporting the next generation of lifesavers (from left): Hari Krishna, CLT Amanda Leong and SGT3 Han Ping Siew. PHOTO: Natasha Razak

Meet Cadet Lieutenant (CLT) Amanda Leong of the National Civil Defence Cadet Corps (NCDCC), a student of Temasek Junior College with a passion for learning lifesaving skills and sharing them with others. 

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Ready to play her part: CLT Amanda Leong of Temasek Junior College. PHOTO: Natasha Razak

She recalls how much it meant to her to use a stretcher for the first time, back when she was in Secondary 3. “During one of our training sessions, a schoolmate happened to fall down the stairs,” she said. “We attended to his injury and used the stretcher to move him before the ambulance arrived. That was the first time I applied my first aid skills in a real-life scenario.”

CLT Amanda was one of the volunteers who stepped forward to assist Primary School students at the Junior CD Lionhearter Challenge held on 14 February at the Singapore Discovery Centre.

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The Singapore Discovery Centre was filled with chatter as Primary School students excitedly discussed strategies to win the Challenge. Teams were mentored by volunteers from CDAU, CD Lionhearters Club and NCDCC. PHOTOS: Natasha Razak

This year’s Challenge was held in conjunction with the year-long celebration of 150 years of Civil Defence volunteerism in Singapore. A total of 22 Primary Schools took part with teams competing against one another by applying Emergency Preparedness skills such as performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation, using an Automated External Defibrillator and operating a fire extinguisher. 

As a volunteer for the Junior CD Lionhearter Challenge, CLT Amanda felt a sense of responsibility and pride. Even as she juggled her studies with a commitment to serve, she found joy in volunteering. “I’ll always remember the pride on my mum’s face when I received my CLT appointment and she placed my rank on my shoulders,” she recalled. 

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As an Auxiliary Enforcement Officer, SGT3 Han conducts enforcement checks alongside SCDF officers to ensure that fire safety regulations are adhered to. PHOTO: Natasha Razak

Another dedicated volunteer at this year’s Challenge was Sergeant (SGT) 3 Han Ping Siew. He joined the Civil Defence Auxiliary Unit (CDAU) nine years ago because of a desire to contribute alongside his friends who were SCDF officers. 

“When I first started volunteering, I didn’t know I’d stay on for so long,” he said. “But over time, my sense of purpose deepened. I enjoy sharing SCDF’s key messages with members of the public, through events like the Junior CD Lionhearter Challenge!”

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Guiding the next generation of lifesavers. PHOTO: Natasha Razak

Taking the top spot at this year’s Challenge were team from Woodgrove Primary School, West Grove Primary School and Qifa Primary School. Well done to the winning teams! 

The experience was particularly memorable for Hari Krishna from the Civil Defence (CD) Lionhearters Club. Now studying Facility Management at ITE College East, Hari served his National Service with the Singapore Civil Defence Force as an Ambulance Medic. 

“I value the opportunity we had today to teach the Challenge participants about lifesaving and leadership skills,” he said. “It feels good to be able to impart my knowledge to them, and I hope they aspire to be lifesavers one day!”
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  1. by Natasha Razak
  2. 21 February 2019
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