Community Emergency Preparedness Programme

On the 20th of September 2008, 26 members of Island Taekwon-Do Centre (ITC) participated in the Community Emergency Preparedness Programme (CEPP), at the 3rd Civil Defence Division Headquarters.

The CEPP is a five-module emergency preparedness-training programme conducted by the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF). It provides individuals with better understanding of basic first-aid skills as well as protective reactions against conventional and unconventional threats.

The day started off with the First Aid Module. After a short presentation by the paramedics of SCDF, the ITC members had a good time practicing their basic first aid skills on their peers.

Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) was the second module of the programme. The paramedics gave detailed demonstrations and explanations on the process of performing CPR, as well as the assessment of a casualty’s condition. Following the demonstrations by the paramedics, Benmar and Pascal volunteered to practice CPR on the CPR manikins. The module ended of with an informative discussion on when to perform CPR as well as the importance of performing CPR when necessary.

Fire Safety & Casualty Evacuation, was taught through an engaging lecture with numerous video clips. The module focused on the importance of having a suitable fire extinguisher as well as the prevention measures against fires in both our homes and work place. It ended of with a fire extinguisher practice session which allowed some ITC members to experience the activation of the fire extinguisher.

Returning from lunch, ITC members went for their fourth and fifth modules, which were Emergency Procedures for War and Unconventional Threats respectively. These two modules were taught with video clips, which briefed on the practical protective measures which can be used while facing war and unconventional threats. The video was followed by a practical session on In-Place Protection, where the ITC members were taught and had practiced methods of making a room safe for temporal refuge against hazardous substances in the atmosphere.

The day ended of with a certificate presentation ceremony and a group photo taking session with the course coordinators.

I am glad to have taken part in the CEPP as it had given me basic first aid skills, as well as valuable insights on keeping my family, fellow Taekwon-Do practitioners and other peers safe in times of emergencies.

My sincere thanks go to the SCDF course coordinators and instructors for spending their Saturday afternoon with us, as well as Master Sng, Mr. Wu Yongming, Mr. Shaun Chua, Mr. Martin Goerg and everyone else who had arranged for and made this valuable course possible.

Written by Beow Qi Zhao, 1st Degree Blackbelt, ITF Singapore
© Island Taekwon-Do Centre 2008

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