Information Updated 1 January 2021


1. The Civil Defence Course is a collaboration between St. John Brigade and SCDF, to provide members knowledge in Civil Defence skills such as fire-fighting and emergency preparedness. Members will undergo both theory and practical lessons, hoping to put them into practice in times of emergency both in school and at home.

2. To align with the three-tier Community First Response framework, the Civil Defence course which comprised 5 modules will be streamlined into a three-tier structured programme. This structure equips responders with Emergency Preparedness skills and knowledge that matches with their expected level of response in the event of an emergency.

2. The content of the course is also trimmed to focus on core life-saving skills and essential emergency procedures with greater emphasis on practical hands-on engagements. This will aid participants’ understanding, improve their memory retention and most importantly, allow them to practically apply what they have learnt to help others during emergencies.


Registration for Tier 2 CEPP - Civil Defence Badge Programme

Please be informed that Tier 2 CEPP will now be split into an online session covering the theoretical portions and a physical session which will cover the practical portions. Completing the Tier 2 online session is a prerequisite for attending the Tier 2 physical (practical) class.

Schools are to email the e-certificates attained by the cadets for the Tier 2 CEPP online portion (click here for the sample) to SCDF as part of the registration process, before they can attend the physical Tier 2 class.

Tier 1 CEPP e-learning programme (strongly encouraged by SCDF)

SCDF also strongly encourages participants to complete the Tier 1 CEPP, ‘ I am Safe’ e-learning programme at their convenience. It is a 15 minutes programme for which an e-certificate will be issued upon its completion too. This will better prepare participants to take on the Tier 2 CEPP by equipping them with basic lifesaving knowledge.

Links for both the Tier 1 and online Tier 2 CEPP

Tier 1 e-learning (15 min) :

Tier 2 online portion (about 30-60min) :

Safe Management Measures

  1. Please also take note that due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, SCDF will be observing a set of key Safe Management Measures (SMMs) to ensure the safety of the participants and staff.

  2. Each class will be capped at 16 participants.

  3. Wearing of masks is compulsory for all participants.

  4. Anyone with a temperature more than 37.5 degrees will not be allowed to attend the CEPP class. They will be advised to see a doctor.

  5. In addition, do take note of the following when attending CEPP at SCDF premises:

    • SCDF's First Aid modules are for basic awareness and do not lead to certification.

    • The CEPP date indicated by schools is subjected to changes in the event of any internal SCDF commitments.

Participating SCDF Fire Stations

SCDF Headquarters 1st CD Division / Alexandra Fire Station:

  • 3 Queensway, Singapore 149073

  • Click here to download the Excel registration template

  • Please email the name list of the participants using the attached Excel template, as well as the e-certificates attained by cadets from the online lesson, to the following SCDF officer, at least 1 week before the preferred training date.

  • LTA Kenneth Tay -

SCDF Headquarters 4th CD Division / Bukit Batok Fire Station:

  • 80 Bukit Batok Road, Singapore 658072

  • Click here to download the Excel registration template

  • Please email the name list of the participants using the attached Excel template, as well as the e-certificates attained by cadets from the online lesson, to the following SCDF officer, at least 1 week before the preferred training date.

  • LTA Victoria Ong -



1. This is a HALF-DAY COURSE and the course timings are as follows:

- AM Session: 8.45am to 12.30pm

- PM Session: 1.45pm to 5.30pm

2. St John HQ has worked with SCDF to have the courses to be held at the following venues:

- HQ 1 CD Division, Queensway Fire Station.

- HQ 4 CD Division, Bukit Batok Fire Station.

Schools can choose the venue of the course based on the bookings available.

3. Participants are required to report to the course venue 15 minutes before the start of the course. Schools are to arrange transport on their own and arrive on time.


Since 2012, there is no age restriction for students attending the Civil Defence Course. This is in accordance to the rules set by Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF).


1. Each session can only accommodate based on the requirements at each venue:

- HQ 1 CD Division (Queensway Fire Station) : up to 40 participants only

- HQ 4 CD Division (Bukit Batok Fire Station) : up to 40 participants only

2. Participants are expected to be dressed in their St John T-shirt / School T-shirt and track pants. Participants are also to bring along their writing materials and enough money for lunch at their canteen.

3. Schools are to ensure that there are teachers accompanying the participants at the course venue to take care of attendance and discipline at all times. Schools without accompanying officers and teachers will be taken care by SCDF officers and other officers / teachers present.


Booking will open based on the schedule stated in the CPB Calendar, and an email will be sent out by the CPB committee to notify on the start of registration for the course.


Our cadets being in the uniformed group will attend the 2nd Tier of the programme, known as "Response Ready" Programme. The outline of the course, catered to St John cadets is as follows:

1. Introduction

- Course Objectives

- Overview of SGSecure

- Reinforce Essential EP knowledge

- Difference Between Emergency and Non-Emergency Cases

> General Fire Safety Tips

> The Ready Bag

> IPP Procedures

> Importance of the Triangle Of Life

2. First Aid

- Roles of a First Aider and Scene Safety

- Contents of First Aid Kit

- Burns and Wounds Management

- Sprain Management

- Choking (Practical)

3. Save-A-Life Initiative

- The “Hardware” - AEDs in HDBs

- The “Heartware” - Application of D.A.R.E Concept

- The “Software” – myResponder app

- SMRT-Temasek Cares AED on Wheels

4. Fire Fighting

- Procedures of Operating a Fire Extinguisher and a Hose Reel

5. SGSecure mobile app


1. Upon completion of the course, certificate of participation will be issued to participants. The certificates will be delivered to St John HQ after the course.

2. HQ will award the badge for those who have passed the course, via the Mass Application using the CPB Module in St John Portal.


Please direct your questions regarding the Civil Defence Course to your respective District CPB officers. Thank you.