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Paramedics not keen on young observers

The Fire Services Department plans to let 300 young people follow an ambulance worker for two weeks. Photo: David Wong

It would be inappropriate for teenagers as young as 14 to witness unsettling scenes, and looking after them would increase the paramedics' workload, Wat Ki-on of the Ambulancemen's Union said.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

Hong Kong buildings still unsafe after Fa Yuen fire

Fa Yuen Street, Mong Kok. Photo: May Tse

The tragic blaze sparked by a row of hawker stalls at the doorstep of a Mong Kok building in late 2011 is a hard-earned lesson for everyone. Not only did it claim nine innocent lives, it highlighted the risks of ill-managed roadside stalls and thousands of old blocks with similar problems - cubicle flats, blocked fire escapes, poor building management. Sixteen months later, an inquest on the fatal accident reminds us that many buildings are still far from being safe. 

28 Mar 2013 - 7:10am

Coroner criticises investigation into fatal 2011 Mong Kok blaze

Michael Chan Pik-kiu said a 120-page report submitted to the Coroner's Court yesterday was a waste of paper, and the time of the court and jury.

12 Mar 2013 - 4:37am

Runners from fire services aim to win sixth straight 10km race

Fire Services Department team's Wong Ka-wai, Cheung Chun-ngai and Chung Tak-lun. Photo: David Wong

Bragging rights are the only thing at stake in the Disciplined Services Cup, which will be contested by seven branches of the government. They are Cheung's team from the Fire Services Department, the Police, the Correctional Services Department, the Customs, the ICAC and the Government's Flying Services.

17 Feb 2013 - 4:41am

Critical patients to get A&E help faster after Ombudsman slams system

Alan Lai Nin. Photo: David Wong

Public hospitals and ambulances will send critical patients to the nearest emergency facility instead of driving to a designated hospital as is now required.

11 Jan 2013 - 4:27am 2 comments

Ambulance system to be revised in bid to avoid delays

Hong Kong's Ombudsman said the present ambulance system causes delays in taking patients to hospital. Photo: David Wong

The Fire Services Department and the Hospital Authority have agreed to amend their ambulance system so that patients in urgent need of treatment are taken to the nearest hospital.

This follows criticism by the Ombudsman that the present system causes delays of up to 10 minutes.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Falling metal bars kill bridge worker, injure 15 others

Police and firemen inspect the accident scene at the construction site near Tung Chung. Photo: Edward Wong

A worker was killed and 15 others injured – two seriously – when they were hit by falling metal bars at a construction site for the massive bridge across the Pearl River estuary on Thursday.

25 Oct 2012 - 4:52pm

Falling objects kill bridge worker, injure 15 others

Police and firemen inspect the accident scene at the construction site near Tung Chung. Photo: Edward Wong

A worker was killed and 15 others injured – two seriously – when they were hit by falling objects at a construction site for the bridge across the Pearl River estuary on Thursday.

25 Oct 2012 - 4:38pm

Fire-fight fisherman hero feared dead

A missing local fisherman is feared dead after he chose to stay on board and fight a fire on his trawler moored in the harbour while his three mainland crew members leapt to safety.

Chow Kam-chuen, 60, whose clothes caught fire, was last seen jumping into the sea from the blazing vessel at the Tuen Mun typhoon shelter seconds before firefighters arrived, police said.

8 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Airport latest digital radio 'blind spot'

Terminal One of Hong Kong's airport, which handles as many as 150,000 travellers a day, is the latest 'blind spot' in the Fire Services Department's new HK$178 million digital radio system.

3 May 2012 - 12:00am

1,500 firefighters protest for shorter working week

More than 1,500 off-duty firefighters took to the streets yesterday to fight for a cut in their working hours in what their union said was one of the biggest protests of its kind in 10 years.

On-duty staff also joined the action with a sit-in at their stations while complaining that the Fire Services Department had limited their right to protest.

2 May 2012 - 12:00am

One in 14 buildings are potential death traps

One in every 14 buildings checked for fire hazards is a potential death trap, the Fire Services Department warned yesterday following safety inspections prompted by last year's blaze at a Mong Kok market that left nine people dead.

Eleven out of 157 mixed-use buildings at markets across the city presented fire hazards, according to the department.

1 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Media relationship in public's interest

For many years, internal guidelines have not required the Fire Services Department to tell the media - meaning the public - about ambulance calls unless at least eight people are injured or ill. The department offers no explanation why cases involving seven or six people did not warrant disclosure.

25 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Journalists see red over ambulance secrecy rule

Internal guidelines prevent the Fire Services Department from telling the media about cases involving an ambulance unless at least eight people were injured or ill, the Journalists' Association was told yesterday.

The guideline was revealed at a meeting between the department and the association over the release of information.

21 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

HK paramedics step up childbirth training

The city's 2,700 ambulance officers will be given extra training on delivering babies, as part of a plan to cope with the growing number of mainland women rushing to hospitals in Hong Kong at the last minute to give birth.

18 Jan 2012 - 12:00am