Issued in: 1988
Diameter: 38.7 mm
Composition: Copper Nickel
Weight: 20 gm
The Singapore Fire Brigade was first officially recognised in 1888. Currently the fire fighting force is more commonly known as SCDF (Singapore Civil Defence Force). There is another coin commemorating the SCDF that I blogged about earlier.
A Brief History (lifted from Singapore Infopedia)
A Fire Committee was formed on 20 December 1855 but the first fire brigade was not established until 10 April 1869. Prior to this, fires were attended to by uniformed groups which included the police, sepoys, marine soldiers and even convicts. On 7 September 1869, the Governor Major-General Sir Harry St. George enacted the Fire Ordinance and appointed the Colonial Engineer as Chairman or President of the Fire Commission for Singapore. The first members of this voluntary Fire Brigade included notable estate owners such as W. H. Read, Thomas Scott, R. Macpherson, W. Maxwell and C. Dunlop. Poor organisation under difficult circumstances racked the voluntary Fire Brigade until its demise in 1884. In 1888, the Singapore Fire Brigade was established and with sufficient funding, gained recognition as a fully equipped professional brigade.
By 1909, there were a total of three built stations servicing Singapore, namely Central Fire Station at Hill Street, Cross Street and Kallang Fire Stations. In 1980, the Singapore Fire Service (SFS) became the official name for the brigade. Today’s Singapore Civil Defence Force was formed in April 1989 with the merger of two services – the Fire Service and the Civil Defence Force.
This coin can be bought cheaply from most coin traders and from shops, not more than S$8 per piece. The design features an original horse-drawn fire engine used a century ago. The resolution on the picture above is not doing it justice. Another remarkably fine detailed design especially on the engine itself.