St. John Ambulance in Singapore

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St. John Singapore
Saint John Headquarters, Singapore - 20101016.JPG
Active 1885 - Present
Role Volunteer Youth Organisation
Headquarters 420 Beach Road
Motto(s) For the Faith and in the Service of Humanity
Commanders
Prior, Priory of Singapore / Council Chairman Dr Teh Peng Hooi K.St.J
Director, St. John Association Singapore Dr Selan Sayampanathan SB.St.J
Chief Commissioner, St. John Brigade Singapore Prof Goh Hood Keng, Christopher O.St.J

St. John Singapore, previously known as St. John Ambulance Singapore, is a voluntary secular organisation in Singapore which provides training in First Aid and Home Nursing. It is affiliated to the Order of St. John based in the UK. Its ambulance members (males members) and nursing members (female members) perform voluntary first aid coverage duties during national events and other events. It comprises 3 sub-organisations, namely the St. John Brigade Singapore, St. John Association Singapore, St. John Fellowship Singapore.

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

History of St. John in Singapore[edit]

The origins of the St. John Ambulance date back over 900 years to Jerusalem. In the 19th century, around 400 years after Henry VIII ended the medieval Priory, a determined group set up the British Order of St. John to care for the sick in the Hospitaller tradition and the suffering of workers was one of their main concerns. The movement quickly spread to Britain's overseas colonies including Singapore.

In 1935, Dr. J.S. Webster O.St.J. a radiologist with the Medical Services of the General Hospital, Singapore organised First Aid lectures in Singapore with a few public-spirited friends and brother doctors. The first headquarters was located one desk in Radiology Department of the General Hospital, Outram Road, Singapore. After Dr. Webster himself left Singapore on retirement, the Director of the Medical Services, Singapore, was prevailed upon to take over the responsibility of Director of the St. John Ambulance Association, Singapore, and he very generously transferred headquarters to his Board Room, which was on the 4th floor of Fullerton Building, Singapore.

In September 1938 sufficient number of First Aiders was recruited to form the first division of the uniformed body of the Brigade. Before the outbreak of war in Malaya, the Government incorporated all St. John personnel to form the nucleus of the Medical Auxiliary Service which was part of the Passive Defence Services of Singapore and Malaya. A transport Section was formed, and 28 First Aid Posts were organized and manned in the city.

During the war from 1942 to 1945, our members conducted themselves magnificently throughout the air-raids, and bomb shelling. Many acts of bravery and heroism were performed and many laid down their lives on duty before the fall of Singapore. Others were imprisoned, but they still continued to help with the training they had previously received, without the aid of medical equipment denied to them by the enemy.

In September 1945, Lady Superintendent-in-Chief, the Countess Mountbatten of Burma, C.I.G.B.E., D.C.V.O., Lld., met over 400 St John members in Singapore at the then Government House (Istana). At that gathering St. John in Singapore was reborn. In 1945, the temporary Headquarters was located at St Peter's Church.

In 1952, the St. John Council was formed in Singapore. The Council comprised a body of senior and professional Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents who were willing to give their services and specialised knowledge in an advisory capacity to assist and co-ordinate the St. John Ambulance Association and Brigade in its work.

In March 1957, St. John Ambulance Headquarters was again transferred and temporary housed at Gilstead Road. The current St John Ambulance Headquarters at Beach Road was officially opened by late President of Singapore, H.E. Encik Yusof Ishak on 24 June 1960.

In October 1969, a sub-centre of the St. John Ambulance Association was formed in the industrialised area of Singapore. With the assistance of the West Area of the Brigade, this sub-centre gives lectures in First Aid and Home Nursing to many factory workers. It is now known as Jurong Centre.

In June 1978, the Brigade was re-organised and upgraded to National Headquarters level. 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.

Today, the St. John of Singapore continues with its work for suffering humanity and it assists the Republic of Singapore whenever called upon in all emergencies such as epidemics, clinic and hospital duties, the St. John Ambulances also carry the sick and needy whenever requested. Brigade officers and members provided first-aid coverage at National, public and other events. In 2014, St. John Singapore was inaugurated as a Priory and dropped the word 'ambulance' in its organisational name.[1]

National St. John Council[edit]

Appointment Holders[edit]

St. John Singapore comes under the command of the National St. John Council. The following are the incumbent appointment holders:

Appointment Incumbent
Prior/Council Chairman Dr Teh Peng Hooi K.St.J.
Vice-Chairman Prof Christopher Goh O.St.J
Vice-Chairman Dr Selan Sayapanathan SB.St.J.
Vice-Chairman Mr Yeo Fook Hong SB.St.J.

Aims[edit]

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.
  • Currently due to poor support from the Prior and his plans- Ambulance Service was minimally employed as part of First Aid Coverage.

St. John Brigade Singapore[edit]

SJAB Singapore cadets on parade

Appointment Holders[edit]

St. John Brigade Singapore comes under the command of the Brigade Executive Committee which is led by the following appointment holders:[2]

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

Organisational Structure[edit]

St. John Brigade Singapore consists predominantly of cadet members who join the organisation as their CCA in secondary school. Presently, each school that has a St. John unit, referred to as a corps, is organised into 1 of 10 Zones as follows:

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

  • Anglican High Sch
  • Bedok View Sec Sch
  • Yuying Sec Sch
  • Junyuan Sec Sch
  • East Spring Sec Sch
  • Phnom Penh Corps (Cambodia)

Zone 3 (Zone Commissioner: Mr Muhammad Sarizan Bin Ahmad, SB.St.J)

  • Anderson Sec Sch
  • Deyi 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, SB.St.J)

  • 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, SS.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, SB.St.J)

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

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

Zone 9 (Zone Commissioner: Mr Koh Yen Chieh, S.B.St.J.)

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

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

Core Competencies[edit]

Typically, cadet members undergo training in four core competencies - First Aid, Home Nursing (for Nursing members), Transportation of Casualty (for Ambulance members), Foot Drill and Physical Training. These are conducted through Routine Training and other Training Camps that vary from Corps to Corps and Zone to Zone. In the interest of holistic development, cadet members also have the opportunity to participate in enrichment activities which can allow them to earn Cadet Proficiency Badges. Outstanding cadet members are awarded the prestigious Chief Commissioner's Badge after attaining 12 proficiency badges (with 2 from each of the 4 badge groups, Knowledge of the Order of St. John (KOTO) Badge, and the Total Defence Badge).

St. John Day[edit]

As St. John the Baptist Day, June 24, normally falls during the Singapore School Holidays, corps typically observe St. John Day on the first Wednesday after school reopens. On that day, members don their Brigade Uniform during official school hours. A St. John Day message by the Chief Commissioner is read out by the Principal or student leader during the morning flag raising ceremony. Where possible, the St. John Flag is also raised alongside the State Flag and the respective School Flag. On this day also, members reaffirm their loyalty to the Republic of Singapore and affirm their commitment to the twin mottoes of the Order, 'For the Faith' and 'For the Service of Mankind', in reciting the St. John Pledge.

St. John Pledge[edit]

  1. To be loyal to Singapore and the President of the Republic.
  2. To upkeep the honour and dignity of the Brigade and my Country.
  3. To observe the mottoes of the Orde, which are: "Pro Fide" – For the Faith, "Pro Utilitate Hominum" – For the Service of Mankind.
  4. To be loyal to the Chief Commissioner and my Officers.
  5. To read the Brigade Regulations and comply with them in all respects.
  6. To carry out all orders received from time to time from seniors.
  7. To carry out my duties with zeal and efficiency to the best of my ability.
  8. To be courteous and honest in all my words and actions.

Badges[edit]

Brigade Badges[edit]

The following badges are listed in order of precedence:

  1. Chief Commissioner's Badge - Awarded by the National CPB Committee after obtaining 12 badges (at least 2 from each group), Knowledge of the Order (KSJ/408) and Total Defence Badge (TDF/110).
  2. Deputy Chief Commissioner's Badge - Awarded by the National CPB Committee after obtaining 9 badges including Knowledge of the Order and completed Total Defence Gold.
  3. Commissioner's Badge - Awarded by the National CPB Committee after obtaining 6 badges (at least 1 from each group), Knowledge of the Order (KSJ/409) and completed Total Defence Silver.
  4. Superintendent's Badge - Awarded by the National CPB Committee after obtaining 4 badges and completed Total Defence Silver.
  5. Drill Instructor Badge - Awarded by the National Training Committee, upon completion of the Advanced Drill Instructor’s Course (Gold Badge) or approved Basic Drill Instructor’s Course (Silver Badge).
  6. Unicorn Badge (To cease to be issued from 2018) - Awarded by the National CPB Committee after obtaining 4 badges (at least 1 from each group).
  7. National First Aid Competition Champion Badge - Awarded by the Senior Assistant Chief Commissioner (Operations) to all members of the champion teams of all 4 categories at the National First Aid Competition.
  8. National Activity Badge - Awarded by the National CPB Committee after participating in an approved national event.

Corps Appointment Badges[edit]

  1. Corps Secretary
  2. Corps Storekeeper

Individual Proficiency Badges (Cadet Proficiency Badge Scheme)[3][edit]

The Cadet Proficiency Badge Scheme was introduced to encourage cadet members to further enhance their interest in subjects outside of their standard curriculum and to widen their interests by carrying out these activities in their leisure time.

A wide range of activities is open for cadet members to choose from, depending on their individual aptitude and inclination. The pursuit of badges encourages members to develop their personal skills and knowledge besides complementing the first aid, home nursing and foot drill training that members undergo during Routine Trainings. Hence, enhancing an all rounded education for these future leaders of the organisation.

Through the various proficiency badge subjects offered in the programme, St. John Brigade Singapore aims to provide cadets different opportunities to acquire the necessary knowledge that will prepare them for higher education and careers beyond secondary school.

Cadets may start working to obtain these badges the moment they are enrolled as members of St. John Brigade Singapore in the school as their main CCA. They are encouraged to make personal progress with additional courses that are not taught during Routine Trainings so as to achieve the Chief Commissioner's Badge.

The proficiency badges are divided into 4 groups as follows:

Group 1 (Welfare and Service)[edit]

  1. Anti-Drug Abuse Course (ADA/101) - Attend and successfully complete the 1-day Anti Drug Abuse Course organised by the Singapore Anti-Narcotics Association.
  2. Casualty Simulation (CAS/102) - Attend and successfully complete the course in Casualty Simulation.
  3. Citizenship (CTZ/103)
  4. Civil Defence (CDF/104) - Attend and successfully complete the one-day Civil Defence Course or Community Emergency Preparedness Programme (CEPP) organised by the Singapore Civil Defence Force
  5. Community Care (CMC/105) - Provide community service on own accord and interest for at least 30 hours, spread over a minimum period of 6 months
  6. Crime Prevention (CRP/106) - Attend and successfully complete the Crime Prevention Proficiency Badge Scheme Course organised by the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC)
  7. Energy Conservation (ECS/107) - Attend and successfully complete both Stage I and II of the Energy Experience Programme organised by the Singapore Power Services (SP Services)
  8. Environment Education (ENV/108)
  9. Heritage Badge (NHB/109)
  10. Nursing Care (NUR/110)
  11. Total Defence (TDF/111)
  12. Youth Health Ambassador (YAH/112) - Attend and successfully complete the Youth Health Ambassador Badge Programme organised by the Health Promotion Board
  13. Water Ambassador (WAP/113) - Participate in the Water Ambassador Programme organised by the Public Utilities Board

Group 2 (Outdoor Activities)[edit]

  1. Adventure Training Course (ADT/201) - Attend and successfully complete the 5-day residential Adventure Training Course at the Outward Bound School (OBS)
  2. Archery (ARC/202)
  3. Camping & Campcraft (CCC/203)
  4. Cycling (CYC/204)
  5. Expedition (EPD/205)
  6. Games (GAM/206)
  7. Hiking (HIK/207)
  8. Kayaking (KYK/208) - Attend and successfully complete minimum Novice or One Star Canoeing or Kayaking Course
  9. Life Saving (LIS/209) - Attain the Life Saving Awards 1, 2, and 3 of the Singapore Life Saving Society (a member of the Royal Life Saving Society)
  10. Map Reading (MPR/210)
  11. Physical Fitness (PFT/211) - Obtain at least the Silver Standard in the National Physical Fitness Assessment (NAPFA) for any two years between Primary 6 and Secondary 4
  12. Shooting (SHT/212)
  13. Swimming (SWM/213) - Obtain at least the Silver Award and above to qualify

Group 3 (Skills and Hobbies)[edit]

  1. Artist (ART/301)
  2. Basic Cardiac Life Support (BLS/302) - Attend and pass the Basic Cardiac Life Support Course (BCLS) organised by St. John Brigade Singapore
  3. CPR+AED (AED/303)- Attend and pass the CPR+AED Course organised by St. John Brigade Singapore
  4. Collecting (COL/304)
  5. Electrical Repairs (ELR/305)
  6. Heart Saver (HSR/306) - Pass the Basic First Aid Examination (inclusive of CPR and choking management) conducted at Zone or Corps level
  7. Homecraft (HCF/307)
  8. Leadership (LDR/308)
  9. Librarian (LIB/309)
  10. Martial Arts (MTA/310) - Obtain at least the 4th grade level equivalent of the particular martial art and produce necessary documentary proof
  11. Musician (MSC/311)
  12. Photography (PHO/312)

Group 4 (General)[edit]

  1. Accident Prevention (ACP/401)
  2. Administration Skills (ADM/402)
  3. Community Song (CMS/403)
  4. Cooking and Nutrition (CKN/404)
  5. Drill Knowledge (DRI/405)
  6. Handyman (HDM/406)
  7. Information Technology (ITB/407)
  8. International Friendship (INF/408)
  9. Knowledge of the Order of St. John (KSJ/409) - Pass the Knowledge of the Order of St. John written test conducted by St. John Brigade Singapore
  10. Languages (LAN/410)
  11. Pet Care (PTC/411)
  12. St. John Worldwide (SJW/412) - Conduct research and present on the Order of St. John in a chosen country
  13. Kindness Badge (KMB/413)

National First Aid and Home Nursing Competition[edit]

Release of results during Annual FA and HN Competition 2007

The National First Aid and Home Nursing Competition, typically referred to as the National First Aid Competition (NFAC), is an annual inter-zone competition in which all 10 Zones send teams to compete in each of the 4 categories. Prior to the NFAC, each Zone organises its own Inter-Corps First Aid and Home Nursing Competition with a similar competition framework. The 4 champion teams from each Zone represent their respective Zones in the NFAC.

Competition Categories[edit]

The 4 categories are listed below:

Category Description
Ambulance Adult (AA) Males of age 16 or above with Adult First Aid Certificate
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

Competition Framework[edit]

There are 2 frameworks for the competition, one for the Ambulance categories and one for the Nursing categories.

Ambulance Category Framework[edit]

AA and AC teams are expected to complete the following as part of the competition:

  1. First Aid Long Case (20 mins)
  2. First Aid Short Case (10 mins)
  3. Transportation of Casualty
  4. Foot Drill (10 mins)

Nursing Category Framework[edit]

NA and NC teams are expected to complete the following as part of the competition:

  1. Home Nursing Case (20 mins)
  2. First Aid Medium Case (15 mins)
  3. Foot Drill (10 mins)

Inter-Corps First Aid and Home Nursing Competition[edit]

The following are the results for the 10 Inter-Corps First Aid and Home Nursing Competition 2016:

Zone AA Champion AC Champion NA Champion NC Champion Date (Venue)
1 Peirce Secondary School Peirce Secondary School CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls' School CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls' School 12-Mar-16 (NHQ)
2 Anglican High School Anglican High School Anglican High School Anglican High School 3-Apr-16 (NHQ)
3 Anderson Secondary School Deyi Secondary School Anderson Secondary School Deyi Secondary School 19-Mar-16 (Yishun Town Sec Sch)
4 Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) Paya Lebar Methodist Girls' School (Secondary) Swiss Cottage Secondary School 18-Mar-16 (Ngee Ann Poly)
5 N/A Zhonghua Secondary School Nanyang Girls' High School Nanyang Girls' High School 16-Apr-16 ( Canberra Sec Sch)
6 Woodlands Ring Secondary School Woodlands Ring Secondary School Woodlands Ring Secondary School Woodlands Ring Secondary School 2-Apr-16 (Woodlands Ring Secondary School)
7 Hwa Chong Institution Hwa Chong Institution Naval Base Secondary School Nan Hua High School 2-Apr-16 (Hwa Chong Institution)
8 Dunman High School Dunman High School Dunman High School Chung Cheng High School (Main) 2-Apr-16 (Tampines Secondary School)
9 River Valley High School River Valley High School River Valley High School 19-Mar-16 (River Valley High School)
10 Maris Stella High School Maris Stella High School Hai Sing Catholic School Gan Eng Seng School 5-Jun-16 (NHQ)

Inter-Zone First Aid and Home Nursing Competition[edit]

The following are the results for the Inter-Zone First Aid and Home Nursing Competition 2015 held at Ngee Ann Polytechnic:

Category Champion Runner Up 2nd Runner Up
Ambulance Adult Dunman High School (Zone 8) Hwa Chong Institution (Zone 7) Anderson Secondary School (Zone 3)
Ambulance Cadet Dunman High School (Zone 8) Hwa Chong Institution (Zone 7) Anglican High School (Zone 2)
Nursing Adult Dunman High School (Zone 8) Paya Lebar Methodist Girls' School (Zone 4) Hai Sing Catholic School (Zone 10)
Nursing Cadet Zhonghua Secondary School (Zone 5) CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls' School (Zone 1) Dunman High School (Zone 8)

Training Courses[edit]

St. John Singapore conducts a variety of courses in order to upgrade the skills of its members. The following is a non-exhaustive list of courses presently conducted:

Officer Training Course (OTC)

Warrant Officer Training Course (WOTC)

The Warrant Officer Training Course (WOTC) aims to train a select group of Senior NCOs with a strong passion and interest in parades, drill and ceremonies to become Warrant Officers. Graduates of the course have their membership in the brigade transferred from the corps to the zone. This course is conducted biennially by the Regimentation and Drills Sub-Committee of the National Training Committee. The inaugural course was conducted in 2011. During the period of training, candidates of the course hold the rank of Warrant Officer Candidate, a trainee-rank that was first introduced in the 03/15 WOTC. Those who successfully pass the course are promoted to the rank of Warrant Officer Grade 4.

Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) Course

CPR + AED Course

Advanced Drill Instructor Course

The Advanced Drill Instructor Course replaced the former Foot drill Instructor Course (FDI) and is conducted at the national-level by the Regimentation and Drills Sub-Committee of the National Training Committee. This course aims to train Drill Instructors who assist their zones in the conduct of drill-related training and are principally the trainers and assessors for the DRI/405 Drill Knowledge Badge. Upon successful completion of the course, which is renowned for its difficulty, Drill Instructors are added to the Brigade's Drill Instructor Registry for a period of 2 years, with the option to retain membership in the registry each year by attending a Drill Instructor Workshop. Modules taught in include 1) Colours Drill, 2) Basic Protocol Knowledge, 3) Classroom Method of Instruction (MOI) and 4) Squad Drill. Trainees are also expected to achieve competence in modules taught at the Basic Drill Instructor Course. Those who successfully pass the course are awarded the Drill Instructor Badge (Gold).

Basic Drill Instructor Course

The inaugural and only National Basic Drill Instructor Course (BDI) was conducted in 2013. Thereafter, organisation of the Basic Drill Instructor Course was decentralised and is now conducted at the zone-level. Assessment for the Basic Drill Instructor Course is done by the Regimentation and Drills Sub-Committee of the National Training Committee. This course aims to train Corps Drill Instructors and teaches modules in 1) Drill (including Swagger Stick drills), 2) Drill Method of Instruction (MOI), 3) Foundational Protocol Knowledge, 4) Words of Command, 5) Flag Protocol and 6) Basic Parade Planning. Those who successfully pass the course are awarded the Drill Instructor Badge (Silver).

Advanced / Senior Non-Commissioned Officer Training Course

Basic / Junior Non-Commissioned Officer Training Course

Dress Regulations[edit]

Uniforms[edit]

At present, there are a total of 4 uniforms of St. John Brigade Singapore, which are listed as follows:

  1. Ceremonial Uniform
  2. Mess Kit
  3. Safari Uniform
  4. Field Uniform

Cadet members are presently only entitled to wear the Field Uniform, which is also the most widely recognised uniform of the St. John Brigade Singapore. The Field Uniform consists of a black beret with a cap badge, depending on which is entitled to the wearer. Nursing members wear a hairnet as well. The top consists of a white short-sleeved shirt / blouse with plastic concealed buttons. Shoulder flashes bearing the Maltese Cross with twin beasts and unicorns, together with the words "St. John Singapore" are worn on both sleeves. A black epaulette is worn on both shoulders denoting the rank of the member. The bottom consists of black pants / culottes, which is worn with the St. John belt. Black socks and black low-cut boots are worn with the shoelaces tied in the formal-style.

For Presidents, Senior Officers, Officers and Warrant Officers, the following 4 uniforms are worn:

Common Name Description (Ambulance) Description (Nursing)
Safari Uniform A bush jacket with 4 big silver buttons in front, with epaulettes 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. 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 Dress[edit]

Beret[edit]

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

Peak Cap and Bowler Hat[edit]

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.jpg
Peak Cap
SJAS Bowler's Hat Plain.jpg
Bowler's Hat
SJAS Zone Officer Badge.gif
Officer Cap Badge
Staff Officer Grades 2 to 1
and Zone Presidents
SJAS Peak Cap with Silver Line.jpg
Peak Cap with a silver bar
SJAS Bowler's Hat with Silver Lining.jpg
Bowler's Hat with silver lining
SJAS Zone Officer Badge.gif
Officer Cap Badge
Commissioners
and HQ Presidents
SJAS Peak Cap for Commissioner.jpg
Peak Cap with a silver bar and St John wort
SJAS Bowler's Hat with Lining for Commissioner.jpg
Bowler's Hat with silver lining
SJAS Embroided Capbadge.jpg
Senior Officer Cap Badge (Embroided)

Distinguishing Marks[edit]

Collar Badges[edit]

Rank Corps Officers (Grades 3 to 6) Zone Officers (Grades 3 to 5)
and Warrant Officers
HQ Officers (Grades 3 to 5)
and Warrant Officers
Collar Badges SJAS Zone Officer Badge.gif SJAS Collarpin Black.jpg SJAS HQ Officer Collar Badge Enlarged.jpg

Gorget Patches[edit]

Rank Brigade / Senior

/ Zone Presidents

Officers (Grade 2) Officers (Grade 1) Senior Officers

(Super Grade 1

to Super Grade 5)

Gorget Patches StJohnAmbulanceBrigade-GorgetPatch-Presidents.jpg StJohnAmbulanceBrigade-GorgetPatch-ZoneOfficersGrades1-2.jpg StJohnAmbulanceBrigade-GorgetPatch-HQOfficersGrades1-2.jpg SJAS Commissioner Gorget Patch.jpg

Rank Structure[edit]

As a uniformed organisation that has a military heritage that originated in the Order of St. John, a rank structure used to distinguish members and appointment holders. In general, the rank one holds within the organisation corresponds with his / her appointment.

Senior Officers[edit]

Officers[edit]

Warrant Officers[edit]

Adult and Cadet Members[edit]

Presidents[edit]

Orders, Decorations and Medals[edit]

Officers and members are entitled to receive the following Orders, Decorations and Medals:

Local Awards[edit]

  1. The Commendation Medal of St. John (CMSJ)
  2. The Priory Medal
  3. The 5 Years First Aid Efficiency Medal
  4. The Golden Jubilee Medal

International Awards (awarded by the Order of St. John)[edit]

  1. The Bailiff / Dame Grand Cross of the Order of St. John (GC.St.J)
  2. The Knights / Dame of Justice of the Order of St. John (K.St. J / D.St.J)
  3. The Knights / Dame of Grace of the Order of St. John (K.St.J / D.St.J)
  4. The Commander Brother / Sister of the Order of St. John (C.St.J)
  5. The Officer Brother / Sister of the Order of St. John (O.St.J)
  6. The Serving Brother / Sister of the Order of St. John (SB.St.J / SS.St.J)
  7. The Life-Saving Medal of the Order of St. John
  8. The Service Medal of the Order of St. John

Past Leaders[edit]

Chairman, National St. John Council[edit]

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

Director, St. John Ambulance Association[edit]

  • 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 Brigade[edit]

  • 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[edit]

  • 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 also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Our History". www.sjas.org.sg. Retrieved 2015-12-01. 
  2. ^ "St. John Brigade Singapore Organisation Chart". Retrieved 2015-12-01. 
  3. ^ "St. John Singapore Cadet Proficiency Badge Scheme Manual (4th Edition)" (PDF). St. John Singapore Cadet Proficiency Badge Scheme Website. 2015-04-27. Retrieved 2015-11-29. 

Sources[edit]

(1997 edition)

External links[edit]