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Source: Hong Kong Government special administrative region

Inter-departmental vegetation fire and mountain rescue exercise 2020 held
Inter-departmental vegetation fire and mountain rescue exercise 2020 held

     An inter-departmental vegetation fire and mountain rescue exercise was held this morning (October 20). The participating departments and organisations were the Fire Services Department (FSD); the Hong Kong Police Force; the Government Flying Service; the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department; the Auxiliary Medical Service; the Civil Aid Service; the Home Affairs Department; the Social Welfare Department; and the Hospital Authority.      The on-site exercise was conducted at the MacLehose Trail at Eagle’s Nest (Tsim Shan), Kowloon. About 80 Fire Services members participated in the on-site exercise whilst other participating departments/organisations joined the table-top exercise at the same time.       The exercise aimed to enhance co-ordination, communication, command and control as well as logistical support capabilities among different departments and organisations during large-scale hill fire and mountain rescue operations. It also helped check the effectiveness and co-operation of different emergency formations during fire-fighting and rescue operations.                    A spokesman for the FSD called for public attention to possible hill fires as the Chung Yeung Festival is approaching and many people will be engaged in grave sweeping or hiking activities. Coupling with recent dry weather, a vegetation fire would burn and spread out more severely and rapidly with the prevailing winds. The spokesman also urged the public not to leave any naked flames while taking part in the above activities, and reminded them to take shelter in a safe place if they encounter a vegetation fire.

Ends/Tuesday, October 20, 2020Issued at HKT 14:15


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