Ms He Ting Ru asked the Minister for Home Affairs in each of the last three years (a) what is the average response time for emergency vehicles to reach their destinations to attend to emergencies; and (b) what are the common reasons for delays in emergency vehicles sending patients to hospitals.
The Minister of State for Home Affairs (Assoc Prof Dr Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim) (for the Minister for Home Affairs): Sir, the median time taken for an emergency ambulance to arrive at the incident location was about seven minutes in 2020, about seven minutes in 2021 and about eight minutes in 2022.
A common reason when there is delay is traffic or weather conditions en route, for example, traffic congestion during peak hours, or heavy downpour affecting road visibility. Also, sometimes, SCDF may have to dispatch emergency vehicles that are further away from the incident location because those from the nearest bases are fully engaged in other incidents.
Ministry of Home Affairs
21 March 2023