THERE have not been any major fires in Tin Shui Wai, but if that unfortunate event ever occurs, fire services are well prepared. The fire station and its neighbouring ambulance depot were the first of the town's facilities to be completed. The buildings were finished in December 1991, four months before the first families moved into their homes, and the station opened in January last year. The station contains four different fire appliances, including one hydraulic platform specifically designed for fires in high buildings. Shifts of 20 firemen are on duty around the clock. The firemen have responded to 351 fires and special service calls during the past 15 months. Although many of these have been false alarms, it demonstrates the ability of the unit to respond to emergencies. Tin Shui Wai station is also required to act as back-up for neighbouring stations. The Tin Shui Wai station is also on first call for neighbouring villages. Although these villages consist of low-rise properties, and are easier to reach with fire-fighting equipment, a spokesman said the fact that all residential property in Tin Shui Wai was high-rise did not cause special problems. ''The fire services department checks the plans to ensure the fire appliances can stop in front of each building,'' he said. ''And they check that they have fire hydrants installed for fire-fighting at higher levels in the buildings. ''Otherwise there are no particular problems caused by the large number of high-rise buildings in the area, or because we are moving into a new area.'' Although the spokesman said that no special liaison or briefing was carried out with new residents, the fire services had a television campaign each year to remind everyone about fire safety.