27 July 2005
Emergency Drill for East Rail
The Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) carried out an emergency drill inside the tunnel between East Tsim Sha Tsui and Hung Hom stations early this morning. The drill was designed to test and enhance the co-ordination and responsiveness of KCRC staff, the Fire Services Department, the Hong Kong Police Force, the Hospital Authority, the Auxiliary Medical Services and the Civil Aid Services in emergency situations.
In the drill scenario, a passenger train travelling from East Tsim Sha Tsui Station to Hung Hom Station stopped inside the tunnel due to a train equipment failure. While the train was stopped in the tunnel a passenger carelessly dropped a container of inflammable fluid, which burst into flame. The fire and smoke gradually spread, burning many passengers and their belongings. In the drill scenario, twenty passengers were injured, four seriously and the others more lightly.
In response to the emergency, the train driver immediately informed the control centre about the incident. Station staff and rescue teams rushed to the scene and rescued the injured. They also deployed the detrainment ladder kept underneath the train to evacuate passengers. All passengers were led to East Tsim Sha Tsui Station.
The exercise was held after the close of traffic to avoid any disruption to train service. KCRC organises a number of large-scale joint emergency drills with external parties every year to ensure the best possible responsiveness, co-ordination and communication among KCRC staff and emergency services organisations.
KCRC organises a joint emergency drill in the tunnel between East Tsim Sha Tsui Station and Hung Hom Station in early morning today. The drill simulates a train fire caused by inflammable fluid carried on board by a passenger. Station staff is taking care of the injured on the spot.
The rescue teams are taking the injured away from train via the detrainment ladder, which is kept underneath the train.