Interview with a firefighter

Lately, I’ve been part of a

Singapore Civil Defence Force

blogging campaign and this is my first post to create awareness for their recruitment campaign.

As the title states – it’s an interview with a firefighter.

This Saturday I’m going to visit a Fire Station to see what it’s all about!! So exciting!!!!

I’m really happy to be part of this because I’ve always had great admiration for firefighters and the death-defying situations they are willing to put themselves in to save other peoples’ lives.

For many of us who sometimes cannot even be bothered to donate money to needy charities, can you imagine dedicating your life and risking it to save others?

The best kind of work is when reward lies in the work itself.

I wanna share with you guys this song that I’ve loved dearly ever since I’ve watched the movie, “The Guardian” because every time I listen this song, I think of great people who do great things.

The title is “Never Let Go” and I think this song is a perfect tribute to firefighters for what they do for us.

Can you lay your life down so a stranger can live?
Can you take what you need but take less than you give?
Could you close every day without the glory and fame?
Could you hold your head high when no one knows your name?

That’s how legends are made, at least that’s what they say.

We say goodbye, but never let go
We live we die, cuz you can’t save every soul.
Gotta take every chance to
show that you’re the kinda man who
Will never look back, never look down,
and never let go

Can you lose everything you ever had planned?
Can you sit down again, and play another hand?
Could you risk every thing, for the chance of being alone?
Under pressure find the grace, or would you come undone.

That’s how legends are made, at least that’s what they say.

Listening to the lyrics of the song, watching the slideshow and reading the YouTube comments made me very teary.

Even though the Youtube video’s title is “Heroes in America”, in Singapore, we have our own heroes.

I got the chance to interview LTA Foo from Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) who worked his way from being a Sergeant as a Fire and Rescue Specialist to his current rank as a Lieutenant, holding a Senior Officer appointment as a ROTA Commander at Central Fire Station.


What made you join SCDF (Singapore Civil Defence Force)?

“For me, it’s more of a passion. After graduating from poly, I joined the private sector as a lab technician for two years. The job is boring. Every day is a routine of research, tests and experiments. I felt no sense of achievement.

So one day, I went rock climbing with a group of friends and chanced upon this group of fire-fighters who are in the DART team in SCDF. So I spoke to them and they told me about their job. It than took me one year to decide to switch jobs because I was afraid initially. I did a lot of research on SCDF, on what they did and if it would suit me.

I think it was fate that triggered me to make the switch when I was walking past Central Fire Station and the alarms in the station rang. I saw the firemen shouting and sliding down the poles and left the station in unison.

I was stunned by the moment and realized this is what I am looking for. So I went back home, went online and registered to apply as a fire-fighter.
From there, I started my career. I became a Sergeant, went through courses and now I am a Lieutenant, serving as a ROTA commander.”


Was there anything that held you back from joining SCDF?

“Not really for me. I did talk to my parents and they were very supportive. I even brought my Mum and Dad to the fire station to show them what I am doing.

This helped them understand my job better and were more understanding like in cases when I would go back home, tired and not wanting to eat even though my Mum prepared a sumptuous meal.”


What are your working hours like?

“For me as a Senior Officer, I work a 24hr shift, followed by 8 to 5 office hours and then 1 day of off. It may sound hectic but it is a lot of fun. “


LTA Foo is very passionate about his career in SCDF and is also a Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team (DART) Specialist who took part in major overseas operations like the recent Sichuan Earthquake relief efforts.

To find out more about SCDF and join the passionate crew like LTA Foo,
head down to their recruitment website at


To read a recent article about firefighters in Singapore saving lives, click here.

It’s really heartwarming to read the comments below the article because they are all so encouraging, and I feel that our daily heroes should be appreciated more. We are all proud of you guys!!!


As mentioned earlier, I will be visiting a local Fire Station this Saturday, so if any of you have any questions you’d like to ask members of the SCDF, drop your comments here and I’d gladly ask them for you.

I hope the firefighters I meet are friendly, because I’m going to give them hugs in appreciation for what they do and for the people whose lives they saved!!!