25 August 2004
Emergency drill for Tsim Sha Tsui Extension
 
The Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) today (25 August 2004) carried out a joint emergency exercise with various Government departments, including the Fire Services Department, the Hong Kong Police Force, the Hospital Authority, the Auxiliary Medical Services and the Civil Aid Services, to gear up for the opening of the Tsim Sha Tsui Extension (TSTE).
The drill was a major exercise in a series that will be conducted before the commissioning of TSTE to test emergency procedures. The tests will ensure the best possible responsiveness, co-ordination and communication among KCRC staff and various emergency service organisations in different emergency scenarios.
The exercise simulated an incident in which 500 passengers had to be evacuated from a southbound East Rail train in the tunnel between Hung Hom Station and East Tsim Sha Tsui Station due to a fire on the train. Twenty passengers were "injured". They were rescued and received medical treatment on site.
Mr Anthony Yan, General Manager, East Rail Operations said, "The procedures for handling emergencies in a tunnel as well as the co-ordination among all involved parties were well tested. The rescue teams demonstrated a high level of co-ordination and co-operation in the exercise." A total of 99 exercises have been planned for the Tsim Sha Tsui Extension simulating different emergency scenarios.
The Tsim Sha Tsui Extension, linking Hung Hom Station and the East Tsim Sha Tsui terminus, is scheduled for commissioning before the end of this year.
 
Firemen are rescuing "the injured" from the train.
 
Various Government departments including the Fire Services Department, the Hong Kong Police Force, the Hospital Authority, the Auxiliary Medical Services and the Civil Aid Services participate in the joint exercise.
 
Some 500 "passengers" are evacuated from the train and 20 of them are injured.