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Centre can help train S'poreans

Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean said he hoped the Emergency Preparedness Centre will help train more Singaporeans as first responders.

This is because the skills learnt at the centre will enable anyone to help their neighbours in times of need, like in a fire.

Every year, the Singapore Civil Defence Force sounds the "important message" signal through its islandwide public warning system on Feb 15, which is Total Defence Day.

That is the day Singapore fell to the Japanese in 1942.

Mr Teo said that from this year, the signal will be activated at 6.20pm, the time the British surrendered to the Japanese.

He said: "It will give added meaning when we mark Total Defence Day and also serve as a solemn reminder to Singaporeans to take emergency preparedness seriously."