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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.

Monday, 20 August, 2012, 5:32am

Doors a factor in Mong Kok inferno

Two doors, suspected to have been installed illegally, were to blame for the rapid spread of flames and smoke into two blocks of flats in Mong Kok during Hong Kong's deadliest fire in 15 years, an investigation has indicated.

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

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

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

Work-to-rule wrong way to settle dispute

Hong Kong's firefighters have earned great public respect. Not only do they work long and irregular hours, their job is also the most physically demanding and dangerous among the disciplined services. Over the years, some have died while saving lives in deadly blazes. The tragedies are sad reminders of the force's dedication to protecting public safety.

14 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Firefighters ready for three-day slowdown

Firefighters will begin a three-day work slowdown tomorrow to protest against a breakdown in labour negotiations over a long-sought cut in their working hours.

13 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Firefighter strike threat over shift cuts

Firefighters might work to rule or even take to the streets if no consensus is reached with the government when they meet on Monday over a proposed reduction in night shifts.

10 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Firefighters refuse cut in hours

Despite a long campaign for shorter working hours, firefighters voted against a government proposal to cut their night shifts, saying the move would endanger the public.

9 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Smoker may have sparked nine-hour tunnel blaze

Investigators are looking into whether cigarette smoking caused a fire inside the Lion Rock Tunnel that lasted for nine hours yesterday and led to the closure of its Kowloon-bound carriageway for at least three days.

9 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Off-duty firemen's protest goes ahead despite tragedy

More than 1,000 off-duty firemen yesterday went ahead with their planned protest for shorter working hours after yesterday's tenement fire in Mong Kok, which claimed nine lives.

The rally would have attracted 200 more firemen if they had not had to work overtime to fight the fire, an organiser said.

1 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Firefighters save 70 trapped in block

About 70 residents were rescued by firefighters after being trapped in a public housing block in Pok Fu Lam when a fourth-floor flat was engulfed in flames yesterday, injuring nine people.

8 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Fire chief defiantly defends tenure

The outgoing fire chief defended himself yesterday against criticism that firefighting equipment was poor and his farewell party too gaudy, saying that some of the reports were 'made up' by the media.

Gregory Lo Chun-hung, 57, retires on Monday after 38 years of public service, to be replaced by deputy director Andy Chan Chor-kam, 54.

29 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Firefighters urge shorter shifts, may stage protest

Angry firefighters have warned they might stage a protest if the government fails to address a long-standing demand that their work week be reduced from 54 hours to 48.

A union meeting of more than 1,000 off-duty firefighters in Wan Chai yesterday pledged to fight for reduced hours. Another meeting will be held in Kowloon Tong today.

23 Sep 2011 - 12:00am