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St. John Ambulance in Singapore
Service history
Active 1935 - Present
Role Volunteer Youth Organisation
Motto Pro Utilitate Hominum (For The Service of Mankind)
Commanders
Commanders Dr Teh Peng Hooi K.St.J.Dr Selan Sayampanathan S.B.St.J.Prof Goh Hood Keng, Christopher O.St.J.
Current commander Director, SJA AssociationDirector, SJA Association}
Command Sergeant Major Chief Commissioner, SJA BrigadeChief Commissioner, SJA Brigade
Insignia

St John 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.

The headquarters is located at 420 Beach Road. It was opened on July 23, 1960 by the Yang di-Pertuan Negara (and subsequently President of Singapore), En. Yusof bin Ishak.

StructureEdit

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

Appointment Incumbent
Prior/Council Chairman Dr Teh Peng Hooi K.St.J.
Vice-Chairman Dr Chen Sze Hua K.St.J.
Vice-Chairman Dr Selan Sayapanathan S.B.St.J.
Vice-Chairman Mr Yeo Fook Hong S.B.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:

  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 Prof Goh Hood Keng, Christopher O.St.J.
Deputy Chief Commissioner Mr Tan Yak Huang C.St.J.
Chief Surgeon Dr Nelson Chua S.B.St.J.
Deputy Chief Surgeon Dr Alvin Ng
Senior Assistant Chief Commissioner (Administration) Mr Seah Boon Chun C.St.J.
Senior Assistant Chief Commissioner (Operations) Mr Tian Mong Ching C.St.J.
Senior Assistant Chief Commissioner (Nursing) Ms Wong Ngiuk Moy, Linda 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.

Cadet movementEdit

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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:

Zone 1 (Zone Commissioner: Ms Nancy Low Bee Lian, S.S.St.J.)

  • Bedok Green Sec Sch
  • Peirce Sec Sch
  • CHIJ St Nicholas' Girls School
  • Pasir Ris Crest Sec Sch

Zone 2 (Zone Commissioner: Mr Cheng Chung Hsien, S.B.St.J.)

  • Anglican High Sch
  • Bedok View Sec Sch
  • Changkat Changi Sec Sch
  • Temasek Sec Sch
  • Yuying Sec Sch
  • Junyuan Sec Sch
  • East Spring Sec Sch

Zone 3 (Zone Commissioner: Mr Derek Tan, S.B.St.J.)

  • Anderson Sec Sch
  • Deyi Sec Sch
  • First Toa Payoh Sec Sch
  • Mayflower Sec Sch
  • St Anthony's Canossian Sec Sch
  • St. Joseph's Institution
  • Yishun Town Sec Sch

Zone 4 (Zone Commissioner: Mr Bernard Koh Liat Chye, CMSJ)

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

Zone 5 (Zone Commissioner: Ms Chiang Mei Koon, S.S.St.J.)

  • Chung Cheng High School (Yishun)
  • Dunearn Sec Sch
  • Nanyang Girls' High School
  • New Town Sec Sch
  • Queensway Sec Sch
  • Zhonghua Sec Sch
  • Canberra Sec Sch

Zone 6 (Zone Commissioner: Mr Jerry Ko, S.B.St.J.)

Zone 7 (Zone Commissioner: Mr Kuo Keng Huat, O.St.J.)

Zone 8 (Zone Commissioner: Mr Chin Chee Wah, S.B.St.J.)

  • Chung Cheng High Sch (Main)
  • Dunman High School
  • East View Sec Sch
  • Greenview Sec Sch
  • Peicai Sec Sch
  • Tampines Sec Sch
  • MacPherson Sec Sch

Zone 9 (Zone Commissioner: Mr Koh Yen Chieh, CMSJ.)

  • Boon Lay Sec Sch
  • Bukit Batok Sec Sch
  • Clementi Town Sec Sch
  • Clementi Woods Sec Sch
  • ITE(Central) Bedok
  • Jurongville Sec Sch
  • River Valley High Sch
  • Yuan Ching Sec Sch

Zone 10 (Zone Commissioner: Ms Wendy Neo Lay Cheng, O.St.J.)

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 [1]. 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.

PledgeEdit

To be loyal to Singapore and the President of the Republic

To upkeep the honour and dignity of the Brigade and my Country

To observe the mottoes of the Order, which are "Pro Fide" – For the Faith, "Pro Utilitate Hominum" – For the Service of Mankind

To be loyal to the Chief Commissioner and all my Officers

To read the Brigade Regulations and to comply with them in all respects

To carry out all orders received from time to time from seniors

To carry out my duties with zeal and efficiency to the best of my ability

To be courteous and honest in all my words and actions

Cadet Proficiency Badge SchemeEdit

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: - SYF Parade - National 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: - 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: - Must not be above 20 years of age on the date of qualifying for the 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.

Annual First Aid and Home Nursing CompetitionEdit

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Release of results during Annual FA and HN Competition 2007

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 (AA) Males of age 16 or above with Adult First Aid Cerificate
Nursing Adult (NA) Females of age 16 or above with Adult First Aid Certificate
Ambulance Cadet (AC) Males of age 17 or below with Basic First Aid Certificate
Nursing Cadet (NC) Females of age 17 or below with Basic First Aid Certificate

Inter-Corps First Aid CompetitionEdit

The various Zones conduct Inter-Corps First Aid Competition amongst themselves to decide which Corps gets to represent them at the Inter-Zone First Aid Competition, usually held in July.

The following table lists the various champions for 2014.

Zone AA Champion AC Champion NA Champion NC Champion
1 Peirce Secondary School Peirce Secondary School CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls' School CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls' School
2 Anglican High School Temasek Secondary School Anglican High School Anglican High School
3 Anderson Secondary School Anderson Secondary School Yishun Town Secondary School Anderson Secondary School
4 Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) Paya Lebar Methodist Girls' School Swiss Cottage Secondary School
5 - - - -
6 - - - -
7 - - - -
8 - - - -
9 No Competition River Valley High School River Valley High School River Valley High School
10 - - - -

Inter-Zone First Aid and Home Nursing Competition 2013Edit

Category Champion Runner Up 2nd Runner Up
Ambulance Adult Hwa Chong Institution (Zone 7) Anglican High School (Zone 2) Riverside Secondary School (Zone 6)
Ambulance Cadet Xinmin Secondary School (Zone 7) Dunman High School (Zone 8) Anglican High School (Zone 2)
Nursing Adult Dunman High School (Zone 8) Hai Sing Catholic School (Zone 10) CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls' School (Zone 1)
Nursing Cadet Chung Cheng High School (Main) (Zone 8) River Valley High School (Zone 9) Riverside Secondary School (Zone 6)

UniformEdit

The present uniform consists of a white top and black bottom for all members of the Brigade.

For the Cadet and Adult members' headdress, a black beret bearing either the Cadet or the Adult cap badge is worn. Nursing (female) members are also encouraged to wear hairnets, especially during major parades.

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Previous uniform for Nursing members, phased out in year 2000.

The top consists of a white sleeved shirt/blouse with silver buttons bearing the SJAB insignia. Shoulder flashes bearing the Maltese Cross are worn on both sleeves. Epaulettes bearing the Cadet/Adult members' rank are worn on the shoulders.

The bottom consists of black pants for Ambulance (Male) members and black culottes for Nursing (Female) members. Black socks and shoes complete the uniform for members. Lady officers have the option of wearing court shoes for functions (i.e. when not on parade or duty.)

Officers and Warrant Officers have altogether 4 different uniforms:

Common Name Description (Ambulance) Description (Nursing)
Safari Uniform A bush jacket with 4 big silver buttons in front, with epulattes and metal rank insignias for both the men and the ladies. Medal ribbons are normally worn though full medals (together with the ceremonial belt) are sometimes worn during parades and ceremonies. Peak Cap is worn. Same. Lady officers have the option of black culottes or slacks.
Field Uniform Same uniform as for Members except for collar badges. Beret is worn. Same. Lady officers have the option of black culottes or slacks.
No. 1 Uniform A long-sleeved version of the safari jacket, with full medals, worn on top of a white shirt black and tie (analogous to the SAF's No. 5E). A ceremonial belt, in red, white and black is worn around the waist. Peak Cap is worn. A long-sleeved version of the safari uniform. Senior lady officers also have a gray dress but this uniform is seldom seen nowadays. Round Hat is worn.
Mess Kit A wing-collared shirt with maroon cummerband bow-tie. Tuxedo jacket with miniature medals and rank insignias is worn. No headdress is worn. A cross bow-tie. Tuxedo jacket with miniature medals and rank insignias is worn. No headdress is worn.

Head DressEdit

BeretEdit

Beret and Cap Badge for Members, Officers and Warrant Officers
Rank Beret Cap Badge
Cadet Members SJAS Cadet Beret
Beret with Cadet Cap Badge
SJAS Cadet Capbadge
Cadet Cap Badge
Adult Members SJAS Adult Beret
Beret with Adult Cap Badge
SJAS Adult Capbadge
Adult Cap Badge
Staff Officers, Warrant Officers
and Corps/Zone Presidents
SJAS Officer Beret
Beret with Officer Cap Badge
SJAS Zone Officer Badge
Officer Cap Badge
Commissioners
and HQ Presidents
SJAS Senior Officer Beret SJAS Embroided Capbadge
Senior Officer Cap Badge (Embroided)

Peak Cap and Bowler's HatEdit

Peak Caps, Bowler's Hat and Cap Badge for Officers and Warrant Officers
Rank Cap Embellishment (Ambulance) Cap Embellishment (Nursing) Cap Badge
Staff Officer Grades 3 to 6,
Warrant Officers and Corps Presidents
SJAS Peak Cap
Peak Cap
SJAS Bowler's Hat Plain
Bowler's Hat
SJAS Zone Officer Badge
Officer Cap Badge
Staff Officer Grades 2 to 1
and Zone Presidents
SJAS Peak Cap with Silver Line
Peak Cap with a silver bar
SJAS Bowler's Hat with Silver Lining
Bowler's Hat with silver lining
SJAS Zone Officer Badge
Officer Cap Badge
Commissioners
and HQ Presidents
SJAS Peak Cap for Commissioner
Peak Cap with a silver bar and St John wort
SJAS Bowler's Hat with Lining for Commissioner
Bowler's Hat with silver lining
SJAS Embroided Capbadge
Senior Officer Cap Badge (Embroided)

Collar Badges and Gorget PatchesEdit

RankCorps Officers (Grades 3 to 6)Zone Officers (Grades 3 to 5)
and Warrant Officers
HQ Officers (Grades 3 to 5)
and Warrant Officers
Collar BadgesSJAS Zone Officer BadgeSJAS Collarpin BlackSJAS HQ Officer Collar Badge Enlarged
RankHQ/Zone/Corps PresidentZone Officers (Grade 2)HQ Officers (Grade 2)
and Zone Officers (Grade 1)
Commissioners
and HQ Officers (Grade 1)
Gorget PatchesStJohnAmbulanceBrigade-GorgetPatch-PresidentsStJohnAmbulanceBrigade-GorgetPatch-ZoneOfficersGrades1-2StJohnAmbulanceBrigade-GorgetPatch-HQOfficersGrades1-2SJAS Commissioner Gorget Patch

Rank InsigniaEdit

All ranks are either worn on the shoulder board or as slot-in epaulettes.

CommissionersEdit

OfficersEdit

Warrant OfficersEdit

Cadet and Adult MembersEdit

Special RanksEdit

Awards and commendationsEdit

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

Local awardsEdit

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

International (Order) awardsEdit

  • Service Medal of the Order (for 12 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/Promotion 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.),
  • Life-Saving Medal of the Order (in Gold, Silver or Bronze)

The grades of the Order are numbered 1 through 6, however this is not to be confused with the grading of Brigade Officers.

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.

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 leadersEdit

Chairman, National St John CouncilEdit

  • Dr Baey Lian Peck, JP, BBM, O.St.J. ( - )
  • Dr Ng Eng Lim, K.St.J. ( - )
  • Mr Peter Ngo Gim Kang, JP, BBM(L), K.St.J. ( - 2007)
  • Mr Bobby Lim Chye Huat, PBM, K.St.J. (2007 - 2012 )

President, National St John CouncilEdit

  • Dr Teh Peng Hooi, C.St.J. (2012–Present)

Director, St John Ambulance AssociationEdit

  • Dr Timothy Phoon, K.St.J. ( - )
  • Dr David Tan Kia Choo, C.St.J. (1999 - )
  • Dr Teh Peng Hooi, C.St.J. ( - 2012)
  • Dr Selan Sayapanathan S.B.St.J. (2012–Present)

Commissioner, St John Ambulance BrigadeEdit

  • Dr D.P.McIntyre ( - )
  • Dr P.C. Kwan ( - )
  • Dr K.L. Loh, BBM, C.St.J. ( - July 1970)
  • Dr S.R.Sayampanathan, BBM, C.St.J. (July 1970 - 1978)

Chief Commissioner, St John Ambulance BrigadeEdit

  • Dr S.R.Sayampanathan, BBM, C.St.J. (1978 - 10 September 1980)
  • Dr Gwee Ah Leng, PJG, JP, C.St.J. (11 September 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 K.St.J. (2005 - 2012)
  • Prof Goh Hood Keng, Christopher O.St.J. (2012–Present)

See alsoEdit

SourcesEdit

(1997 edition)

External linksEdit

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