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Government committed to enhancing rescue services

    The Government was committed to enhancing rescue training for frontline firefighters and maintaining the high efficiency and quality of rescue services to ensure greater protection of people's lives and property, the Secretary for Security, Mr Ambrose S K Lee, said today (October 12).

     Speaking at the opening ceremony of the West Kowloon Rescue Training Centre of the Fire Services Department, Mr Lee said the Government had been working hard to provide people with a safe and stable living environment. One major task was to provide timely rescue services for people who were involved in accidents.

     "To maintain the high efficiency and quality of its rescue services, the Fire Services Department has spent $96 million in building the West Kowloon Rescue Training Centre to provide state-of-the-art training facilities for frontline rescue personnel," Mr Lee said. More than 2000 firefighters have received training at the centre since its commissioning in November, 2006.

     "I am confident that they will have their fire-fighting and rescue skills further upgraded after training," he said.

     The nine-storey training centre is equipped with advanced rescue and fire-fighting training facilities, which include live fire training chamber that simulated training zones for hotels, domestic premises, factories and karaoke establishments.  There are also simulated sewers and tunnels at the Breathing Apparatus Training Chamber (Maze System). The high-angle rescue-training tower at the centre also provides a good training ground for high-angle rescue.

     Mr Lee said an advanced infrared sensor system was installed in various training areas to enable firefighters to undergo intensive training in a safe environment.

     He said the Fire Services Department would continue to acquire fire appliances  and rescue equipment on a need basis, and to put up fire stations in newly developed areas and in old areas that needed them, with a view to strengthening the department's fire-fighting and rescue capabilities.

Ends/Friday, October 12, 2007
Issued at HKT 15:09


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