- St. John Ambulance in Singapore
Infobox Military Unit
unit_name=St. John Ambulance, Singapore
role=Volunteer Youth Organisation
garrison= 420 Beach Road
motto="Pro Utilitate Hominum (For The Service of Mankind)"
current_commander= Dr. Chen Sze Hua, C.St.J
current_commander_label= Chief Commissioner
St John Ambulance Singapore is a voluntary organisation in
Singaporewhich provides training in First Aid and Home Nursing. Its members also perform voluntary first aid coverage duties during national events.
headquartersis located at 420 Beach Road. It was opened on July 23 1960by the Yang di-Pertuan Negara (and subsequently President of Singapore), En. Yusof bin Ishak.
History of St John Ambulance 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 The Brigade and 10 Zones were presented with their Colours by His Excellency The President of the Republic of Singapore, Mr. S.R. Nathan.
* 2005 Current Chief Commissioner, Dr Chen Sze Hua, C.St.J., takes office.
Read more at [http://www.sjab.org.sg/history.htm]
The St John Ambulance Singapore comes under the command of the National St John Council with the following appointments:
*2008 Zone 1 First Aid & Home Nursing Competition
AA Champion: -
AC Champion: Peirce Secondary School
NA Champion: Peirce Secondary School
NC Champion: St. Nicholas Girls' School
*2008 Zone 2 First Aid & Home Nursing Competition
AA Champion: Anglican High School
AC Champion: Anglican High School
NA Champion: East Spring Secondary School
NC Champion: East Spring Secondary School
*2008 Zone 3 First Aid & Home Nursing Competition
AA Champion: St. Joseph Institution
AC Champion: Yishun Town Secondary School (Later transferred rights to National Competition to Anderson Secondary School)
NA Champion: Yishun Town Secondary School
NC Champion: Yishun Town Secondary School
*2008 Zone 4 First Aid & Home Nursing Competition
Anglo-Chinese School (Independent)
Anglo-Chinese School (Independent)
Paya Lebar Methodist Girls' School (Secondary)
NC Champion: Swiss Cottage Secondary School
*2008 Zone 5 First Aid & Home Nursing Competition
AC Champion: Zhonghua Secondary School
AC 2nd Runners Up: Canberra Secondary School (To represent Zone 5 in National AA Competition)
NA Champion: Nanyang Secondary School
NC Champion: Zhonghua Secondary School
*2008 Zone 6 First Aid & Home Nursing Competition
AA Champion: Riverside Secondary School
AC Champion: Bukit Panjang Government High School
NA Champion: Bukit Merah Secondary School
NC Champion: Bukit Panjang Government High School
*2008 Zone 7 First Aid & Home Nursing Competition
AA Champion: Nan Hua High School (later transferred participation rights in National Competition to Hwa Chong Institution)
AC Champion: Nan Hua High School
NA Champion: Xinmin Secondary School
NC Champion: Nan Hua High School
*2008 Zone 8 First Aid & Home Nursing Competition
AA Champion: Dunman High School
AC Champion: Dunman High School
NA Champion: Dunman High School
NC Champion: Dunman High School
*2008 Zone 9 First Aid & Home Nursing Competition
AA Champion: River Valley High School
AC Champion: -
NA Champion: Bukit Batok Secondary School
NC Champion: Bukit Batok Secondary School
*2008 Zone 10 First Aid & Home Nursing Competition
Maris Stella High School
AC Champion: Hai Sing Catholic School
NA Champion: Hai Sing Catholic School
NC Champion: Hai Sing Catholic School
2008 National First Aid & Home Nursing Competition
Throughout their secondary education, cadets are awarded ranks as follows:
Cadet Leader(in some schools only)
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.
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.
Description of Rank Structure
All ranks are worn on the shoulder board. All badges are made of White Metal against a black background. (This list is not exhaustive.)Medical doctors have a red outline around their shoulder boards as shown in the below pictures.
* 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.
Awards and Commendations
Officers and Members of the Brigade are eligible for the following Awards and Commendations:
*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 "
* Life-Saving Medal of the Order (in Gold, Silver or Bronze) - very rare
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
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.
Commissioner, St John Ambulance Brigade
*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 Brigade
*Dr S.R.Sayampanathan, BBM, 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 - )
*Order of St. John
St John Ambulance Ranks and Insignia
St. Andrew's Ambulance Association
Service Medal of the Order of St John
* [http://www.sjab.org.sg/ St John Ambulance Singapore public website]
*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)
*Results of 2008 National Competition from http://www.sjab.org.sg/
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