Fire Services Department receives commendation for professionalism at passing-out parade

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The Chairman of the Legislative Council Panel on Security, Mr Chan Hak-kan, reviews the Fire Services passing-out parade at the Fire and Ambulance Services Academy today.

24th May 2024 – (Hong Kong) The Chairman of the Legislative Council (LegCo) Panel on Security, Mr Chan Hak-kan, presided over the passing-out parade at the Fire and Ambulance Services Academy today (May 24). The event celebrated the graduation of five station officers, 28 senior firemen/senior firewomen from the Mobilising and Communications Group, 64 firemen, and 27 ambulancemen.

During his address, Mr Chan praised the Fire Services Department (FSD) for its exemplary professionalism demonstrated in the recent No. 4 alarm fire incident at a construction site in Tin Shui Wai. Despite the challenges posed by the extensive fire and associated risks, the FSD swiftly dispatched personnel, rescue vehicles, drones, and firefighting robots to the scene. Their precise risk assessment and effective firefighting strategies successfully contained the fire, preventing further spread and casualties.

Referring to the tragic No. 3 alarm fire at New Lucky House in Jordan last month, which resulted in multiple deaths and injuries, Mr Chan emphasized the importance of enhancing building fire safety. The government is currently progressing with amendments to the Fire Safety (Buildings) Ordinance (Cap. 572) to empower the FSD and the Buildings Department to enforce fire safety improvements in old buildings whose owners have failed to comply with the ordinance’s requirements. Subsequently, the relevant fees incurred will be recovered from the owners. The FSD has also intensified its inspection and law enforcement efforts and introduced support measures to assist owners of old buildings in resolving any issues encountered during improvement works.

Mr Chan highlighted the FSD’s comprehensive community emergency preparedness education initiatives, which encompass disaster prevention, public education, and promoting cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillators (AEDs). Currently, Hong Kong boasts nearly 3,000 AEDs available for public use, and over 80,000 citizens have joined the Resuscitation Alliance.

The passing-out parade concluded with a demonstration showcasing firefighting and rescue techniques by the graduates. The 124 newly graduated personnel will be assigned to various fire stations, ambulance depots, and the Fire Services Communications Centre, where they will contribute their skills and knowledge to ensure public safety.