Firefighters show off training school

Local | Yupina Ng 28 Oct 2016

The Fire and Ambulance Services Academy has installed a HK$180 million simulator that will help firefighters tackle blazes on aircraft and railways and in tunnels.

The three simulators were shown to the press for the first time yesterday at the new training academy in Pak Shing Kok, Tseung Kwan O, which was officially opened in March this year.

They were put in place between June and September this year.

The new equipment is timely as there were 22 fire alarms on vessels and 28 on railways in the first nine months of this year, said a spokeswoman for the Fire Services Department. So far no aircraft has been hit by fire.

Academy commandant Ngai Tak- yung said yesterday the new simulators were larger than those in the past and could provide "a more realistic simulation and training environment for new and existing firefighters and ambulance crew."

Ngai said the 158,000-square-meter academy now provides a bigger training environment for new and existing firefighters and ambulance crew. It is almost five times bigger than the Fire Services Training School in Pat Heung, Yuen Long, that was in use from 1968 until earlier this year.

During yesterday's mock training, white smoke was seen billowing from the four-deck, 45.5-meter-long vessel fire simulator.

A group of ambulance crew rushed to the upper deck where they first rescued the "victims" before tackling the blaze. Ngai said the vessel was designed with seven fire points, such as gallery, mattresses and ceiling fire.

The aircraft fire simulator features different types of aircraft, including the Airbus A380 and Boeing B767, and is used to simulate 12 fire points inside and outside.

A fuel spill fire was simulated yesterday, prompting firefighters to use a high pressure fog applicator, comprising bubbles and water, to put out the blaze. To practice handling mass casualties, the railway station, namely Pak Shing Kok, and rail tunnel simulator covering 1,050 square meters was established.

A dummy was placed under a real train, which was donated by the MTR Corporation, as ambulance crew were practicing how to rescue trapped victims.

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