Hong Kong trainee fire officers could face dismissal after sneaking out of academy without permission

The personnel went out one day before their graduation ceremony in Tseung Kwan O, and senior staff are reportedly irritated over incident

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 13 August, 2016, 8:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 13 August, 2016, 11:19am

A dozen trainee fire services personnel could face dismissal after they sneaked out of the training school a night before they graduated.

Local media reported that two station officers, eight firefighters and two ambulance officers, who are all on probation, left the Fire and Ambulance Services Academy in Tseung Kwan O on Thursday night without approval from their seniors.

The passing-out parade was held in the academy on Friday morning. It was overseen by fire services chief David Lai Man-hin, who will retire on Monday.

The reasons why the 12 officers sneaked out at night remains unknown. It is understood they were still allowed to participate in the parade, but the department’s top brass were irritated over the incident.

“They obviously violated disciplinary rules. The most serious penalty would be dismissal,” an insider said.

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A spokeswoman for the department said in a statement that an investigation was under way.

“Should there be any contravention of regulations, the department will handle the matter seriously according to the disciplinary mechanism,” the spokeswoman said.

A total of 171 recruited firefighters and ambulance officers graduated on Friday. They had undergone 26 weeks of training at the academy.