Eric Yap

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

In his 26 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.

Director Chief William Swann

Nashville Fire Director Chief William Swann joined the Nashville Fire Department in 1995. In his 22 years of service has proven to be a detail oriented, hard-working and effective leader. From his first day on the job as a firefighter Director Chief Swann had a plan to become a leader in the department.

Through hard work he has risen through the ranks of the NFD from a firefighter, to an instructor at the Nashville Fire Department Training Academy, to the director of the Office of Emergency Management and to the Deputy Fire Director.

For three years Director Chief Swann worked directly with Retired Fire Director Ricky White to learn the infrastructure of the department. That experience coupled with his knowledge of the infrastructure of the city through the Office of Emergency Management has prepared him to lead the NFD beyond.

Director Chief Swann is the first African American Deputy Director in Nashville history and the first African American Director Chief in the city’s history. He is a Gulf War veteran and spent five years in the Army. Director Chief Swann is active in the community. He serves as a deacon at his Mt. Vernon Missionary Baptist Church in Madison. He also teaches adult leadership classes as well as teaching CPR, First-Aid and Advanced Life Support classes.

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