The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) has deployed Fire Bikers at 40 locations island-wide in order to better respond to medical emergencies.
Riding on specially designed motorbikes, these Fire Bikers can reach the scene of an incident faster than the Red Rhino or the fire engine can as they can weave in and out of traffic unlike the other two.
Fire Bikers not only have fire-fighting duties, they are also able to attend to paramedic cases.
This new deployment was announced during the SCDF Workplan in April 2012.
“Being on a bike gives us vital seconds when it comes to saving a life,” shared Sergeant (SGT) Hafiz bin Md Ali.
When SGT Hafiz, 30, one of the three initial responders to a fire involving a tanker along Pan-Island Expressway (PIE), arrived at the scene on his fire bike, he saw fire underneath the driver's cabin.
He and his fellow Fire Bikers used the Compressed Air Foam (CAF) to bring the fire under control.
The fire was fully extinguished in the span of 10 minutes and no one was injured.
The cause of the accident is still under investigation.
One thing that all the Fire Bikers agree on is that the Fire Bike scheme has proven to be very effective.
“Being the first responder is crucial because you need to do the initial assessment of the situation at the scene,” explained SGT Md Faizal Bin Md Noor.
“This helps give the subsequent support coming in, (an idea of) whether it is a confirmed case or simply a false alarm,” he continued.
SGT Md Faizal, 25, was also one of the Fire Bikers involved in putting out the PIE fire.
Not only is the fire bike quick and effective, it equips the officer to manage the fire single-handedly.
SGT Md Shahrul Bin Pungut, 25 was the hero of the fire inside the Central Expressway (CTE).
|At the Civil Defence Academy (CDA), Sergeant (SGT) Md Shahrul Bin Pungut, re-enacts how he had brought the vehicle fire at the Central Expressway (CTE) under control using Compressed Air Foam (CAF). PHOTO: Matthew Wong|
He managed to manoeuvre through the congested tunnel, and at the scene of the accident, he saw a taxi engulfed in fire.
He managed to bring the fire under control within 10 minutes.
The fire was fully extinguished with the additional use of an internal hose reel in the tunnel.
“It is hard to work alone but my responsibility gives me courage. My immediate concern was the road users’ safety. I wanted to extinguish the fire as fast as possible because radiant heat can cause the fire to spread to the other road users or traffic users,” explained SGT Shahrul.
The new Fire Bikers scheme also brings life-saving efforts to a higher level when it comes to providing immediate medical attention at any scene of incident.
SCDF has equipped their frontline Fire Bikers with the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) for cardiac arrest cases, as well as other medical paraphernalia which would be critical in providing necessary pre-hospital medical care.
“The inclusion of the AED is simple, as well as helpful if the respondent arrives at a very short time. Chances of reviving the patient will hence be higher,” pointed out SGT Ismail Bin Hamzah, 25.
|Sergeant (SGT) Ismail Bin Hamzah with a Fire Bike and the Automated External Defibrillator (AED), which assists in cardiac arrest cases. PHOTO: Matthew Wong|
SGT Ismail encountered his first medical case in which a man collapsed and was attended to by a nurse who was performing CPR on him on the scene.
SGT Ismail assessed the patient and immediately administered the AED.
His prompt intervention was crucial in reviving the man.
“For me, this added responsibility is not considered an addition. It’s something new and helpful. We always fight fire but when we are attached to medical cases, it’s really something new you want to try out,” SGT Ismail explained.Click here to find out more about a Home Team Career.