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Hong Kong Fire Services Department

City Digest September 18, 2012

Divers find missing snorkeller's body

The body of off-duty senior fireman So Ma-ki, 53, who went missing while snorkelling off Kung Chau on Sunday, was found by divers yesterday.

Families flee flats in early-morning blaze

Tuesday, 18 September, 2012, 3:24am

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 unhappy with fire department releases

A journalists' group yesterday criticised the Fire Services Department for withholding information from the media since it adopted a new communications system at the start of the month.

20 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Questions on cargo after blasts injure 18

An investigation is under way into whether illegal substances were being carried by a mainland cargo vessel that caught fire early yesterday and was rocked by three explosions, injuring 18 men.

22 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Childhood dreams can be realised

Becoming a fireman may be the stuff of childhood dreams and - with the Fire Services Department's recruitment exercise - for some, it could soon become a reality.

The department is recruiting station and ambulance officers, with plans to begin hiring firemen next month and in August. It recently hired ambulancemen.

26 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Senior officials attend vigil for fireman killed in factory fire

Senior fireman Yeung Chun-kit, who died early this month fighting a factory fire in Cheung Sha Wan, will be laid to rest today at Gallant Garden, the burial ground for government servants killed in the line of duty.

Senior government officials paid tribute to Yeung, a 26-year veteran of the force, at a vigil yesterday.

23 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Three-tier ambulance call plan may begin in 2013

A proposed three-tier system for grading the urgency of ambulance calls may be implemented in 2013 and the Fire Services Department will submit a proposal to the Legislative Council for funding in two months.

22 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Public to be consulted on grading system for ambulance calls

Hongkongers will be asked to give their views this year on a new ambulance response system that ranks calls by degrees of emergency, so that the more serious medical cases receive the fastest attention.

24 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

67 breakdowns in just one month

Hong Kong's ambulances are less able to respond quickly in emergencies because of the increase in breakdowns and maintenance stops, the Director of Audit says.

Between July 20 and August 19 this year, there were 67 breakdowns among a total of 252 ambulances, according to the latest audit report on emergency ambulance services.

27 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

We must set aside a special day to remember our brave firemen

I am sure we have all been saddened by the tragic fire at Cornwall Court, Mong Kok, which claimed four lives (including two firemen) and also injured 55 people.

I have some suggestions for the Fire Services Department in addition to any improvement measures officials come up with.

14 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Firefighters refine approach

One Hong Kong government department may have about 9,300 staff, but when considering issues of human capital management, it regards its total headcount as far higher than that.

28 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

High risk of children being burned at home

Children face an 'alarming' risk of getting hurt at home, concerned groups have warned.

A study from May to July found that 15 per cent of children had been burned with hot liquid or fire.

A total of 1,800 parents who had children aged two to six were interviewed by the Boys' and Girls' Clubs Association of Hong Kong, a child-protection group.

24 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Fire Services should help us unlock a key economic resource

The moving of many industries across the border in the past few decades has left nearly 70 per cent of Hong Kong's old industrial buildings either empty or only partly used as godowns.

11 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Hundreds die needlessly as the city's bureaucrats dither

I have just completed a two-year term as a member of the public liaison group for the Hong Kong fire and ambulance services. It was a rewarding experience, which I strongly encourage others to consider. As a non-speaker of Cantonese, I was deeply touched by the efforts of all concerned to make me feel welcome and appreciated.

17 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Don't abuse emergency services, staff told

The Fire Services Department has issued an order to prevent misuse of ambulances and is considering what action to take against a senior staff member found to have done so.

This follows an inquiry into complaints against the senior ambulance officer, some of which the Security Bureau said yesterday had been fully or partly substantiated.

10 Jan 2007 - 12:00am