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Published: 18 Jan 2012 10:31AM (Singapore)
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Civil Defence skills face-off for NCDCC cadets
With several obstacles to overcome, it was a race against time as students from the National Civil Defence Cadet Corp (NCDCC) pit their skills against one another during the annual Urban Adventure Civil Defence Skills Challenge 2011.
 
By Chen Shuyi
Students from National Civil Defence Cadet Corp went through practical and theory stations at the Urban Adventure CD Skills Challenge at Kent Ridge Park. PHOTO: Chen Shuyi

From completing rescue tasks and extinguishing fires, students from the National Civil Defence Cadet Corp (NCDCC) showcased their Civil Defence (CD) knowledge in the annual NCDCC Urban Adventure CD Skills Challenge 2011.

The annual event was conducted at Kent Ridge Park on 29 October 2011.

Armed with first-aid kits, maps and more, a total of 35 teams from secondary schools across Singapore pitted their Civil Defence (CD) knowledge as well as their mental endurance and teamwork, against the seven challenge stations lined up for them.

Founded in 2005, NCDCC instills students with discipline and resilience by equipping them with emergency preparedness knowledge through various activities and courses.

Such activities include the learning of practical skills like Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and basic fire-fighting.

These life-saving skills were put into use during the Urban Adventure CD Skills Challenge.

Only teams who passed five out of the seven stations could proceed to Singapore Civil Defence Force’s 1st CD Division HQ for the final rounds of tests, which include fire-fighting and resuscitation skills.

The rescue station, where blindfolded students had to carry the ‘injured’ to safety, proved to be one of the most difficult.

The muddy conditions of the field certainly did them no favours.

Through stations like this, the bonds and teamwork between cadets were strengthened.

“During the rescue station, they tried to carry each other out and encourage each other. I think that is a good way of motivating each other,” said Major Tan Eng Wee, Head Training (Development), NCDCC.

Teamwork was certainly an important factor for Bowen Secondary School, who eventually emerged champions for the race.

Bowen Secondary School receiving the NCDCC Urban Adventure CD Skills Challenge championship plaque from Colonel Chong Hoi Hung, Senior Director of Corporate Services, Singapore Civil Defence Force. PHOTO: Chen Shuyi

“We cooperated with each other, helped each other when in need and also encourage one another along the way,” said Amos Tan, one of the NCDCC student cadets from the Bowen team.

Ms Chua Shi Hui, teacher-officer of the team, was proud of her students’ efforts.

“I think it was the intrinsic motivation within the students that wants to excel. Although we are a small unit in Bowen, we have the heart to try our best and win.”

To find out more about NCDCC and their upcoming events, visit their website here.

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