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The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) and MediaCorp have jointly established an emergency broadcasting system at the SCDF Headquarters.
SINGAPORE: The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) and MediaCorp have jointly established an emergency broadcasting system (EBS) at the SCDF Headquarters.
Revealing this at the annual SCDF Parade on Sunday, Second Minister for Home Affairs, S Iswaran said the EBS allows the SCDF to override all MediaCorp's free-to-air radio and television programming at any time to broadcast time-sensitive emergency messages.
He said the system will be used only during an incident that poses an immediate threat to lives of the affected population, such as a chemical leak.
Mr Iswaran said the EBS was used to broadcast the SCDF message on all MediaCorp's radio stations and direct transmission of its television channels following the island-wide sounding of the Public Warning System at 12.05pm on Sunday, the 15th of September which is celebrated as Singapore's Civil Defence Day each year.
Mr Iswaran described the system as another significant milestone for the SCDF in its mission to keep Singapore safe and secure, and said it is also a testament to the good relationship established with MediaCorp.
He also gave an update on the SCDF's marine fire-fighting capabilities.
Mr Iswaran said the Brani Marine Fire Station will be ready by the end of 2013 while a third marine fire station will be built at Tanah Merah by 2015.
Also from Sunday, Singapore's fire station personnel will be wearing the newly introduced badges of their respective fire stations.
The SCDF said this year's SCDF Day Parade, held at the Singapore EXPO, was special because it featured a double first.
It was the first time the parade was held jointly with the Singapore-Global Fire Fighters and Paramedics Challenge competition, previously known as the Civil Defence Skills Competition but was rebranded in 2012 to raise its profile at the international level.
It was also the first time the parade was opened to the public.