10 May 2006
Emergency drill for West Rail
 
The Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) carried out an emergency drill at West Rail Long Ping Station 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 Auxiliary Medical Service and the Civil Aid Service in emergency situations. The exercise was held after the close of traffic to avoid any disruption to train service.
The drill simulated the driver of a passenger train travelling from Yuen Long Station to Long Ping Station observed on the driving control panel indicating that the train had no forward movement. The train suddenly stopped at about 100 metres south of Long Ping Station. At that time, a passenger in the 6th car activated the emergency help point and informed the driver that someone in the 7th car, which was the last compartment, had set fire and dense smoke was spreading.
The driver immediately informed the control centre. KCRC staff and relevant emergency services teams were summoned to the incident spot immediately to fight the fire and assist in the evacuation of passengers.
KCRC has also invited 200 passengers to take part in this emergency drill, to let passengers know more about KCRC's procedures on handling emergency incidents and understand the contingency measures in the event of incidents.
KCRC Safety and Quality Manager Mr Alex Lau said, "KCRC staff and various rescue teams demonstrated a high level of responsiveness, coordination and communication. The whole process of drill was very smooth."
 
KCRC organises a joint emergency drill at West Rail Long Ping Station this morning. The drill simulates a West Rail train on its way from Yuen Long Station to Long Ping Station stopped at about 100 metres south of Long Ping Station. Someone in the 7th car, which was the last compartment, had set fire and dense smoke was spreading. KCRC staff and emergency teams joined hands to rescue the injured.
 
The rescue teams are assisting passengers in evacuation.