Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao joint emergency response and rescue exercise strengthens Greater Bay Area disaster preparedness

Photo shows rescue teams from Hong Kong and Macao working together to set up a rope system for rescue operations.

29th May 2024 – (Jiangmen) The Fire and Rescue Corps of Guangdong Province, along with the Hong Kong Fire Services Department (FSD) and the Macao Fire Services Bureau, recently conducted a joint emergency response and rescue exercise in Jiangmen, Guangdong Province. Dubbed “Liancheng-2024,” the exercise took place from 27th to 29th May and aimed to enhance disaster preparedness and response capabilities within the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA).

Operating under the GBA Emergency Response and Rescue Operational Plan, the exercise focused on establishing a comprehensive and systematic emergency mobilization and coordination mechanism. The ultimate goal was to strengthen the collective abilities of the GBA in effectively responding to and managing disasters and incidents.

The simulated scenario for the cross-boundary exercise involved a powerful earthquake striking Pengjiang District in Jiangmen. The earthquake resulted in widespread destruction, with multiple buildings collapsing and numerous individuals trapped or injured. The Fire and Rescue Corps of Guangdong Province promptly requested assistance from rescue teams across the Mainland. In response, the fire services teams from Hong Kong and Macao swiftly deployed personnel, equipment, and resources to support the rescue operations.

Over the 48-hour exercise, the participating teams from Guangdong, Hong Kong, and Macao conducted both independent and joint operations in various rescue scenarios. These scenarios included high-rise building rescues, tilted building rescues, collapsed container-based rescues, rubble rescues, mudslide rescues, vertical shaft rescues, and cable-car rescues.

During a command meeting, Mr. Angus Wong, the Deputy Director of Fire Services (Operations), commended the exercise for showcasing the efficient deployment of rescue resources among the three regions. The exercise demonstrated the successful implementation of the Operational Plan, fostering collaboration and complementarity in prevention and control efforts. Moving forward, the three regions will consolidate the experience gained from the joint exercise and optimize operational procedures to enhance the efficiency of cross-boundary rescue endeavors.

Currently, the governments of Guangdong, Hong Kong, and Macao are finalizing the Operational Plan and are expected to sign the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Emergency Management Cooperation and Greater Bay Area Emergency Response Operation Cooperation Framework Agreement in mid-June. This Framework Agreement will facilitate personnel exchange and resource sharing among the three regions, bolstering emergency response management and rescue capabilities. It aims to transform the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area into a vibrant living circle that offers quality living, working, and travel experiences while advancing emergency response management and rescue work in the region.