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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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