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Source: Hong Kong Information Services

An inter-departmental vegetation fire and mountain rescue exercise was held at the MacLehose Trail at Eagle’s Nest (Tsim Shan), Kowloon today.

The Fire Services Department (FSD), Police, Government Flying Service, Agriculture, Fisheries & Conservation Department, Auxiliary Medical Service, Civil Aid Service, Home Affairs Department, Social Welfare Department and the Hospital Authority participated in the exercise.

About 80 Fire Services members took part in the on-site exercise, whilst the other departments and organisations joined the table-top exercise. 

The exercise was aimed at enhancing co-ordination and logistical support capabilities among departments and service organisations during large-scale hillfire and mountain rescue operations.

It also helped check the effectiveness and co-operation of the emergency formations.
              
With the approach of the Chung Yeung Festival, coupled with the dry weather, the FSD urged the public not to leave any naked flames burning during grave sweeping or hiking activities.

They are also reminded to take shelter in a safe place if they encounter a vegetation fire.

MIL OSI Asia Pacific News