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Fire officials put the nation at risk as they rake in bribes

Firefighters are admired but the service is corrupt. Photo: Xinhua

A veteran fire-safety engineer with more than two decades' experience in Wuhan, Hubei, estimates that up to half of the fire-prevention budget for a typical business goes to bribing fire officials at various levels, whose fire safety approval is needed before their doors can be opened to customers.

Sunday, 9 June, 2013, 6:34am

Smoking performance by fireman Li

Li Wang-chun forges a healthy lead at the 1km mark in yesterday's Skechers 30km race at Shek Kong. Photo: Richard Castka

Acting senior fireman Li Wang-chun gave himself - and the Fire Services Department - a timely confidence boost for next month's Standard Chartered Marathon with a gun-to-tape victory in the Skechers 30km at Shek Kong catchwater yesterday.

14 Jan 2013 - 7:50am

China Digest, November 16, 2012


Food safety the focus

The provincial government said on Wednesday that county governors would be held responsible for major food-safety incidents in their counties, in an effort to push them to improve food safety. However, analysts feared the move may simply encourage cover-ups of incidents, the Anhui Business News reports.

16 Nov 2012 - 5:13am

Firefighters' union splits in row over work hours

A splinter group has broken away from the firemen's union to press for a proposed 51-hour week.

The group - formed by retired officer Lok Ping-yin, who still holds a post in the Fire Services Department Staffs General Association, and former vice-chairman Lo Shik-chung - said an association poll last week had "kidnapped" fire fighters' opinions.

13 Sep 2012 - 11:46am

Firefighters not really behind plan for 51-hour week , union survey shows

A majority of firefighters are against a proposed cut in working hours that their management has endorsed, a union says, based on a survey it did.

6 Sep 2012 - 3:40am

Firefighters to test 51-hour working week

A reduced working week of 51 hours, from 54, is expected to go on trial by the end of the year after more than half of the firefighters supported the move in a survey.

31 Aug 2012 - 3:19am

External consultant to review Fire Services Department's staffing

The government is preparing to bring in an external consultant to review the staffing structure of the Fire Services Department, as firefighters consider its latest proposal to resolve a decades-long dispute over their working hours.

20 Aug 2012 - 5:32am

Firefighters make sit-in threat in hours dispute

Firefighters will step up their industrial action by staging a sit-in protest unless the government provides details of how it plans to implement a reduction in their working hours by the end of next week.

14 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Scores of firemen battle warehouse chemicals blaze

Nearly 100 firemen struggled for two hours to bring a warehouse fire under control, amid explosions and burning chemicals, in Tsuen Wan yesterday.

The fire broke out shortly after 6am at the Wang Lung Industrial Building in Lung Tak Street, where 15 containers of chemicals were being stored. Several of the containers exploded during the blaze, one fireman said.

6 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

At least 20 dead after tanker explodes in collision

At least 20 people were killed and 27 injured when a huge fire in Guangzhou, triggered by collision between a tanker and a truck, engulfed a timber mill and its staff dormitory yesterday morning.

30 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

Luxury hotel slammed over evacuation chaos

Emergency procedures at one of Hong Kong's newest luxury hotels were criticised by angry guests forced to flee their rooms in the middle of the night as a fire raged on the building's rooftop.

They asked why alarms sounded only on certain floors and sprinklers were not activated, and criticised how staff handled the evacuation.

22 Apr 2012 - 12:00am


Firefighters deserve better work hours

Hong Kong's firefighters have earned great public respect. Not only do they work long and irregular hours, their job is physically demanding and dangerous.

Over the years, some have died while saving lives in blazes. The tragedies are sad reminders of the force's dedication to protecting public safety.

9 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Firefighters tap water from source 1km away

Firefighters battling a blaze at a recycling plant in a Tseung Kwan O village yesterday had to lay hoses up to a kilometre in length in order to connect to the nearest water source.

17 Mar 2012 - 12:00am