14 November 2002
Joint exercise by KCR East Rail and emergency services organisations
KCR East Rail and various emergency services organisations took part in a joint emergency drill inside the Beacon Hill Tunnel in the early morning today. The purpose of the drill was to enhance co-operation and improve efficiency in carrying out emergency operations.
The exercise simulated a case in which three men spray painted graffiti inside the Beacon Hill Tunnel. During the exercise, one of the men was supposed to have been hit by a train, which led to the train’s derailment. About twenty passengers were injured in the scenario. KCR East Rail and the relevant departments immediately carried out evacuation and rescue operations.
The exercise went smoothly and the result was satisfactory to all parties. The exercise was held after close of traffic to avoid disrupting train service.
Mr Louis Leung, Quality, Safety and Training Manager of East Rail, said that five large-scale emergency drills with different scenarios are organised each year. Three of the exercises involve the participation of other government departments, while two are internal ‘surprise exercises’. In addition, all KCR stations are expected to carry out their own emergency drills on a monthly basis.
During today’s exercise, the Fire Services Department, the Hong Kong Police, the Hospital Authority, the Civil Aid Services and the Auxiliary Medical Service participated in the drill with KCR East Rail.