Commissioner Eric Yap

Eric was appointed by the Government as the Commissioner of the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) in February 2012.

In his 29 years of service, Eric helmed several key appointments such as SCDF’s Director of Operations, Division Commander and Fire Station Commander. Earlier in his career (1995-97), he also spent 3 years as an Assistant Director in the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA)developing national crisis preparedness policies and programmes. In 2008, he returned to MHA as the Senior Director of the Homefront Security Division. He was then responsible for developing national security strategies and managing the implementation of security measuresand crisis capability development across the Government.

Prior to his present appointment, he was the Senior Director of Emergency Services in SCDF between 2010 and 2011. That office oversaw all aspects (covering policy development, training operations) of emergency services provision (i.e. fire-fighting, rescue, HazMat,unconventional threats and EMS) in Singapore. Throughout his career, Eric led numerous operations involving collapsed structures rescue,major fires, large oil storage tank fires, and contingency response deployment for high-profile events involving international participants such as the Trump-Kim Singapore Summit in June 2018. As the national focal point for disaster management, Eric is on the UN INSARAGSteering Committee and the UNDAC Advisory Board.

Eric graduated from the UK in 1993 with a BA degree (1st Class Hons) and in 2000, he was appointed as a Foreign Fellow under the US Fulbright Program and graduated with  degree from Emerson College, Boston, USA, in 2001. He is also a graduate of the StanfordExecutive Program 2009, Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. He was conferred the Republic’s State of the Public Administration Medal (Bronze) and (Silver) by the President in 2004 and 2012 respectively.

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