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Encyclopedia > St. John Ambulance in Singapore
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St John Ambulance Singapore is a voluntary organisation in Singapore which provides training in First Aid and Home Nursing. Its members also perform voluntary first aid coverage duties during national events. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ...


The headquarters is loated at 420 Beach Road. It was opened on July 23, 1960 by the late President of Singapore, Yusof bin Ishak. Headquarters (HQ) denotes the location where most, if not all, of the important functions of an organization are concentrated. ... Beach Road near Raffles Hotel. ... is the 204th day of the year (205th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Flag of the President of Singapore - banner of arms The President of Singapore is the head of state. ... Encik Yusuf bin Ishak, first President of Singapore and Yang di-Pertuan Negara (head of state). ...

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History of St John Ambulance in Singapore

St. John Ambulance Headquarters in Singapore
  • 1935 Dr J.S. Webster, O.St.J. started to organise First Aid lectures in Singapore.
  • September 1938 The first uniformed division of the Brigade was formed.
  • 1952 The first St. John Council was formed.
  • 1978 The Brigade was reorganised and upgraded to National Headquarters status, with 4 Districts and 10 Areas.
  • 1996 The Brigade was once again restructured to simply consist of 10 Zones.
  • 2005 Current Chief Commissioner, Dr Chen Sze Hua, O.St.J., takes office.

Dr Chen Sze Hua is currently under investigation for allegedly siphoning off millions from the annual SJAB Walkathon collection. As such, he had been suspended from duty with immediate effect. He is replaced by interim head Cadet Leader Eugene Tan Wei Jie. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 408 pixelsFull resolution (1280 × 653 pixel, file size: 224 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) St. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 408 pixelsFull resolution (1280 × 653 pixel, file size: 224 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) St. ...


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Structure

The St John Ambulance Singapore comes under the command of the National St John Council with the following appointments:

Appointment Incumbent
Council President LTC(Vol) Prof Low Cheng Hock, JP, PBM, PPA(E), K.St.J.
Council Chairman Mr Peter Ngo Gim Kang, JP, BBM(L), K.St.J.
Vice-Chairman A/Prof. Ho Nai Kiong, BBM, K.St.J.
Vice-Chairman Dr David Tan Kia Choo, C.St.J.

Apart from promoting and assisting St. John Ambulance Association & Brigade as well as to raise the necessary funds to support their work, the main objects of the Council, are briefly as follows:
The meaning of the word professor (Latin: one who claims publicly to be an expert) varies. ... A Justice of the Peace (JP) is a magistrate appointed by a commission to keep the peace, dispense summary justice and deal with local administrative applications in common law jurisdictions. ...


1. To promote and encourage all works of humanity and charity for the relief of distress, suffering, sickness and danger without any distinction as to race, class or creed, and the extension of the great principles of the Order of St John embodied in its mottoes "for the Faith" and "For the Service of Mankind".
2. To render aid to the sick, wounded, disabled or suffering and to promote such permanent organisation in time of peace, as may be available immediately in time of emergency, such aid shall include the provision of technical reserves for the Medical services of the Armed Forces or civil defence organisations in the Republic of Singapore.
3. To do such other things as are incidental or conducive to the attainment of the above objects or any of them.


In June 1978, the Brigade was reorganised and upgraded to National Headquarters level with the following appointments:

Appointment Incumbent
Chief Commissioner Dr Chen Sze Hua, C.St.J.
Dy Chief Commissioner Dr Eng Yu Fan, S.B.St.J.
Chief Surgeon Dr Nelson Chua, S.B.St.J.
Chief Superintendent (N) Ms Chia Su Lin, O.St.J.

This brought our organisation status at par with St. John Ambulance organisations in other independent nations. The Brigade was structured into 4 Districts and 10 Areas.


In 1996, the Brigade was again re-structured. The District level was removed, and the Brigade became simply structured into 10 Zones.


St John Ambulance is a ranked organisation, and members fall into a hierarchical structure of command. St. John Ambulance ranks run from Member, through Corporals, Sergeants and Officers all the way up to the Chief Commissioner. However,it is difficult to equate the rank structure to equivalent ranks in other military/paramilitary organisations. Ranks and Insignia Based upon the British Army officer and the British Army other ranks structure and insignia, the original ranks of the St John Ambulance Brigade had several modifications. ...


Cadet Movement

SJAB Singapore cadets on parade

St John Ambulance in Singapore largely consists of cadet members - i.e. secondary school students who joined St John as their CCA. Currently, the various schools under the 10 Zones are as follows: Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Co-Curricular Activities (CCAs) are activities that schools or colleges in some parts of the world (like Singapore), or individual schools, organise for students. ...


Please feel free to link your Corps' web page but do not vandalise this article. Thank you.


Zone 1

  • Bishan Park Sec Sch
  • Kuo Chuan Prebyeterian Sec Sch
  • Peirce Sec Sch
  • Ping Yi Sec Sch
  • St Hilda's Sec Sch
  • CHIJ St Nicholas' Girls School
  • St Patrick's Sec Sch
  • Northview Sec Sch
  • Pasir Ris Crest Sec Sch
  • Bedok Green Sec Sch

Zone 2

  • Anglican High Sch
  • Bedok North Sec Sch
  • Bedok View Sec Sch
  • Changkat Changi Sec Sch
  • Loyang Sec Sch
  • Springfield Sec Sch
  • Telok Kurau Sec Sch
  • Temasek Sec Sch
  • Yuying Sec Sch
  • Junyuan Sec Sch
  • East Spring Sec Sch

Zone 3

  • Anderson Sec Sch
  • Deyi Sec Sch
  • First Toa Payoh Sec Sch
  • MacPherson Sec Sch
  • Marsiling Pri Sch
  • Mayflower Sec Sch
  • St Anthony's Canossian Sec Sch
  • St. Joseph's Institution
  • Yishun Town Sec Sch
  • Northland Sec Sch
  • North View PS Badger Unit

Zone 4

  • Anglo-Chinese School (Independent)
  • Chua Chu Kang Sec Sch
  • Beatty-Katong Convent Sec Sch
  • Paya Lebar MGS
  • St Andrew's Sec Sch
  • St Joseph's Convent
  • Swiss Cottage Sec Sch
  • Westwood Sec Sch
  • Hillgrove Sec Sch

Zone 5

  • Chung Cheng High School (Yishun)
  • Dunearn Sec Sch
  • Monk's Hill Sec Sch
  • Nanyang Girls' High School
  • New Town Sec Sch
  • Poi Ching PS Badger Unit
  • Queensway Sec Sch
  • Zhonghua Sec Sch
  • Canberra Sec Sch
  • West Spring Secondary School

Zone 6

  • Zone 6 Combined Adult
  • Bukit Merah Sec Sch
  • Bukit Panjang Govt. High School
  • Chestnut Drive Sec Sch
  • Fajar Sec Sch
  • Fuchun Sec Sch
  • GreenRidge Sec Sch
  • Yishun Sec Sch
  • Riverside Sec Sch
  • Siling Sec Sch
  • Teck Whye Sec Sch
  • Woodlands Sec Sch
  • Yusof Ishak Sec Sch
  • Woodlands Ring Sec Sch
  • Woodlands Ring PS Badger
  • NUS High School
  • Assumption Vocational Institute
  • Balestier Hill Sec Sch

Zone 7

  • Ahmad Ibrahim Sec Sch
  • Hwa Chong Institution (High School)
  • Henderson Sec Sch
  • Nan Hua Sec Sch
  • Naval Base Sec Sch
  • Tanglin Sec Sch
  • North Vista Sec Sch
  • Xinmin Sec Sch

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  • Bedok South Sec Sch
  • Chung Cheng High Sch (Main)
  • Dunman High Sch
  • East View Sec Sch
  • Greenview Sec Sch
  • Peicai Sec Sch
  • Pei Chun Badger Unit
  • Presbyterian High Sch
  • Tampines Sec Sch

Zone 9

  • Boon Lay Sec Sch
  • Bukit Batok Sec Sch
  • Bukit View Sec Sch
  • Clementi Town Sec Sch
  • Clementi Woods Sec Sch
  • Golden Mile Adult Corps
  • Hong Kah Sec Sch
  • ITE(East) Bedok
  • Jurong Town Adult Corps
  • Jurongville Sec Sch
  • River Valley High Sch
  • Yuan Ching Sec Sch
  • Nan Hua PS Badger Unit
  • Yumin PS Badger Unit
  • Geylang Serai VTC

Zone 10

  • Chong Fu PS Badger Unit
  • Damai Sec Sch
  • Gan Eng Seng Sec Sch
  • Hai Sing Catholic Sch
  • Holy Innocents' High Sch
  • Maris Stella High Sch
  • Catholic High Sch
  • Kranji Sec Sch
  • Gan Eng Seng Pri Sch Badger Unit

As St John the Baptist Day, June 24 normally falls during the Singapore School Holidays, St John Cadets observe St John Ambulance Brigade Day on the first Wednesday after school reopens. On that day, all St John Ambulance Brigade members in schools will report to school in Brigade Uniform, and the St John Day Message by the Chief Commissioner will be read out by the Principal or a student leader. On that day, St John members reaffirm their loyalty to the Republic of Singapore and affirm their commitment to the mottoes of the Order, 'For the Faith' and 'For the Service of Mankind'.


Typically, St John cadets in Singapore learn First Aid, Home Nursing, Transportation of Casualties and footdrill as part of their core syllabus. They also have the opportunity to go on other enrichment activities such as camping trips where they can earn proficiency badges[2]. Outstanding members may also vie for the prestigious Chief Commissioner's Badge, which is only attainable after obtaining 12 proficiency badges according to a set of strict criteria.


Annual First Aid and Home Nursing Competition

An annual first-aid-competition among schools is held in each of the 10 zones. There are 4 categories to the competition.


The champions of each category go on to represent their Zone in the Inter-Zone First Aid Competition.

Category Description
Ambulance Adult Males of or above age 15
Nursing Adult Females of or above age 15
Ambulance Cadet Males below age 15
Nursing Cadet Females below age 15

Past Champions please add appropriately



2007 Annual Inter-Zone First Aid & Home Nursing Competition


Ambulance Adult Champion: Hwa Chong Institution (High School) (Zone 7) This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Ambulance Cadet Champion: Anglican High School (Zone 2)


Nursing Adult Champion: Anglican High School (Zone 2)


Nursing Cadet Champion: Anglican High School (Zone 2)


2007 Zone 1


Nursing Adult: CHIJ St Nicholas' Girls Sch


2007 Zone 2


Nursing Adult: Anglican High School


Nursing Cadet: Anglican High School


Ambulance Cadet: Anglican High School


Ambulance Adult: Anglican High School


2007 Zone 3


Nursing Adult: MacPherson Secondary School


Nursing Cadet: MacPherson Secondary School


Ambulance Cadet: Anderson Secondary School


Ambulance Adult: St. Joseph Institution


2007 Zone 5


Ambulance Cadet: Zhonghua sec.


Nursing Cadet: Zhonghua sec


2007 Zone 7


Ambulance Cadet: Hwa Chong Institution (High School)


Ambulance Adult: Hwa Chong Institution (High School)


Nursing Cadet: Ahmad Ibrahim Secondary School


Nursing Adult: Nan Hua High School


2006 Zone 7


Ambulance Cadet: Hwa Chong Institution (High School)


Ambulance Adult: Hwa Chong Institution (High School)


Nursing Cadet: Xinmin Secondary School


Nursign Adult: Xinmin Secondary School



Cadet Proficiency Badge Scheme

The objective of the Cadet Proficiency Badge Scheme is to encourage cadet members to take an interest in subjects outside their normal curriculum and to widen their interests by carrying out these activities in their leisure time. Such activities may also be organized by their respective Corps/Zones. Certain activities are also organized by the NHQ.


The proficiency badges are divided into 4 groups as follow:


Group 1 : Welfare and Service

  • Anti-Drug Abuse Course (Ref: Singapore Anti-Narcotics Association)
  • Casualty Simulation
  • Citizenship
  • Civil Defence (Ref: Singapore Joint Civil Defence Force Civil Defence Volunteer Unit)
  • Community Care
  • Crime Prevention
  • Energy Conservation (Ref: Energy Conservation Division Corporate Planning Department)
  • Heart Saver (Ref: SJAB National Headquarters/Ministry of Health)
  • Leadership (Ref: SJAB or NACTI)
  • Total Defence (Ref: Ministry of Defence)
  • Nursing Care

Group 2 : Outdoor Activities

  • Adventure Training Course (Ref: Outward Bound Singapore)
  • Athletics
  • Camping and Campcraft
  • Canoeing (Ref: People's Association)
  • Cycling
  • Diver (Ref: Singapore Underwater Federation - a member of the World Underwater Federation)
  • Expedition
  • Games
  • Hiking
  • Life Saving (Ref: Singapore Life Saving Society - a member of the Royal Life Saving Society)
  • Map Reading
  • Swimming (Ref: Singapore Life Saving Society - a member of the Royal Life Saving Society)
  • Gardening
  • Archery
  • Air Rifle

Group 3 : Crafts and Hobbies

  • Artist
  • Collecting
  • Electrical Repairs
  • Homecraft
  • Librarian
  • Martial Arts
  • Musician
  • Photography
  • Computer Knowledge
  • Community Song

Group 4 : General

  • Accident Prevention
  • Clerical Ability
  • Cookery and Nutrition
  • Drill Knowledge
  • Fire Fighting and Prevention (Ref: Singapore Civil Defence Force)
  • Handyman
  • International Friendship
  • Knowledge of The Order of St. John
  • Languages
  • Pet Care
  • IT Knowledge

Achievement Badges

  • National Activity Badge

Upon participation in any of the following activities: - Youth Day Parade - Brigade Camp (National Level) - Inter-Zone(i.e. National) First Aid and Home Nursing Competition - Uniformed Groups Heritage Trail

  • Unicorn Badge

Upon obtaining 4 proficiency badges from each of the four categories (excluding the Knowledge of The Order) and the National Activity Badge.

  • The Commissioner's Badge

Upon obtaining 6 proficiency badges(at least one from each category + the Knowledge of The Order) and meeting the following criteria: - Passed a minimum of 4 subjects before transfer - Must not be above 20 years of age on the date of qualifying for the badge

  • The Chief Commissioner's Badge

Upon obtaining 12 proficiency badges(at least two from Category I & II, no more than two from Category III + Knowledge of The Order) and meeting the following criteria: - Passed a minimum of 4 subjects before transfer - Must not be above 20 years of age on the date of qualifying for the badge


Cadets may start working for these badges the moment they are enrolled as members of the St John Ambulance Brigade. They are encouraged to make personal progress with additional courses over and above subjects that are taught during the weekly training/meetings so as to achieve the Commissioner's Badge and subsequently the Chief Commissioner's Badge.


In 2005, the policy on wearing of achievement badges was revised to allow members to continue wearing the Chief Commissioner Badge even after they are promoted to an officer.


Ranks

Throughout their secondary education, cadets are also awarded ranks as follows:

Upon completing their secondary education, ex-cadets may continue their service to the Brigade. Some choose to just return as friends of the school and conduct training for their juniors, while others undergo further formal training to prepare themselves to be appointed as Brigade Officers. A cadet is a future officer in the military. ... A Private is a soldier of the lowest military rank (equivalent to Nato Rank Grades OR-1 to OR-3 depending on the force served in). ... Lance Corporal is a military rank used by some elements of the United States and United Kingdom Armed Forces, police, and other uniformed organizations. ... Corporal is a rank in use in some form by most militaries, police forces or other uniformed organizations around the world. ... Sergeant is a rank used in some form by most militaries, police forces, and other uniformed organisations around the world. ... United States Military Staff Sergeant insignia (U.S. Air Force) Staff Sergeant is the fifth enlisted rank in the U.S. Air Force, just above Senior Airman and below Technical Sergeant. ... Rank insignia of a Cadet Leader in most nations (including UK and Singapore) Cadet Leader is a rank held by senior cadets in the St. ...

The officer shown here has the rank of Zone Staff Officer (Grade 5).

Brigade Officers hold ranks at Corps, Zone or National Headquarters level, and these ranks are further divided into Grades 6 through 1 (Grade 1 being the most senior). The most senior Brigade Officers hold ranks of Super Grade 4 through 1. Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ...


Description of Rank Structure

This list is not exhaustive. Illustration of rank structure will follow


All ranks are worn on the shoulder board. All badges are made of White Metal against a black background

Rank Description Typical Appointment
Super Grade 1 Crossed Stretchers surmounted by a National Crest Chief Commissioner
Super Grade 2 Crossed Stretchers surmounted by a Pip Dy Chief Commissioner / Chief Surgeon
Super Grade 3 Crossed Stretchers Chief Superintendent (N)
Super Grade 4 3 Pips surmounted by a National Crest Chief Staff Officer (Heads of Department at Headquarters Level) / Chief Nursing Officer
Grade 1 2 Pips surmounted by a National Crest HQ Staff Officer / Zone Commissioner
Grade 2 1 Pip surmounted by a National Crest HQ Staff Officer / Zone Superintendent* / Zone Surgeon*
Grade 3 A National Crest HQ / Zone Staff Officer / Zone Nursing Officer / Corps Superintendent
Grade 4 3 Pips HQ / Zone / Corps Staff Officer / Corps Surgeon*
Grade 5 2 Pips HQ / Zone / Corps Staff Officer / Corps Nursing Officer*
Grade 6 1 Pip Corps Staff Officer
Sergeant Major Miniature National Crest surrounded by a half wreath surmounted by 3 inverted chevrons HQ / Zone / Corps Sergeant Major
Special Grade St John 8 Pointed Cross surrounded by a full wreath HQ / Zone / Corps President
  • Denotes such an officer can be promoted to the next higher grade depending on performance. A Deputy to such an officer (or one acting in his capacity) would normally be of one grade lower, and an Assistant would be of two.
Rank insignia of SJAB Officers from top left to right: Grades 6 to 4. Embroidered epulattes are used for Duty dress. The Chief Commissioner's Badge and 5 Years First Aid Efficiency Medal are also displayed.

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Awards and Commendations

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Officers and Members of the Brigade are eligible for the following Awards and Commendations:


Local Awards

  • 5 Years First Aid Efficiency Medal (for 5 years' service)
  • Commendation Medal (which carries the post nominal letters CMSJ)

International (Order) Awards

  • Service Medal of the Order (for 10 years' service)
  • Bar to the Service Medal (for each subsequent 5 years' service up to 45 years)
  • Gilt Laurel Leaf (for 50 years' service)
  • Admission to the Order of St John
    • Serving Brother / Serving Sister (S.B.St.J. or S.S.St.J.)
    • Officer Brother / Officer Sister (O.St.J.)
    • Commander Brother / Commander Sister (C.St.J.)
    • Knight / Dame of Grace (K.St.J. or D.St.J.), note that this does not entitle the holder to Sir

The grades of the Order are numbered 1 through 6, however this is not to be confused with the grading of Brigade Officers. HRH The Duke of Gloucester is Grand Prior of the Venerable Order of Saint John. ...


The highest grade in the Order, G.C.St.J. is limited only to the Great Officers of the Order and 21 other individuals. The lowest grade in the Order, Esq.St.J. is for Personal Esquires for K.St.J. and above who probably play a role similar to that of an Aide-de-Camp. An aide-de-camp (French: camp assistant) is a personal assistant, secretary, or adjutant to a person of high rank, usually a senior military officer or a head of state. ...


The allotment is as follows: 2 Personal Esquires for Knights of Justice and above, and 1 Personal Esquire for Knights of Grace. No Personal Esquires have been appointed in Singapore.


Past Leaders

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Commissioner, St John Ambulance Brigade

  • Dr D.P.McIntyre ( - )
  • Dr S.R.Sayampanathan, C.St.J. (July 1970 - 1978)

Chief Commissioner, St John Ambulance Brigade

  • Dr S.R.Sayampanathan, PBM, C.St.J. (1978 - 10 Sep 1980)
  • Dr Gwee Ah Leng, PJG, JP, C.St.J. (11 Sep 1980 - 23 June 1989)
  • LTC(Vol) Prof Low Cheng Hock JP, PBM, PPA(E), K.St.J. (24 June 1989 - 1999)
  • A/Prof Ho Nai Kiong BBM, K.St.J. (1999 - 2005)
  • Dr Chen Sze Hua C.St.J. (2005 - )

Dr Chen Sze Hua is currently under investigation for allegedly siphoning off millions from the annual SJAB Walkathon collection. As such, he had been suspended from duty with immediate effect. He is replaced by interim head Cadet Leader Eugene Tan Wei Jie.


See also

HRH The Duke of Gloucester is Grand Prior of the Venerable Order of Saint John. ... Ranks and Insignia Based upon the British Army officer and the British Army other ranks structure and insignia, the original ranks of the St John Ambulance Brigade had several modifications. ... St Andrews Ambulance Association, founded in 1882, is a charity based in Scotland. ...

External links

  • St John Ambulance Singapore public website

Sources

  • History: http://www.sjab.org.sg/history.htm. Retrieved 6 April, 2007
  • Names of Corps taken from http://www.sjab.org.sg/allzone.htm. Retrieved 6 April, 2007
  • Description of Rank Structure taken from the Brigade Regulations of the Republic of Singapore (1997 edition)

 
 

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