Through Thick and Thin:
150 Years of the Hong Kong Fire Services
19/9/2018 – 22/10/2018
1/F Main Lobby, Hong Kong Museum of History
Jointly presented by
Hong Kong Fire Services Department
Leisure and Cultural Services Department
The history of fire and ambulance services in Hong Kong can be traced back to 1868, when the Hong Kong Fire Brigade was formally established. Over the past 150 years, the Hong Kong Fire Services Department, undaunted by fire and various other challenges, has continued to thrive and develop into a well-established and professional department with over 10,000 members of staff. Significant improvements in various services have been made such as firefighting, rescue, ambulance services, fire prevention, mobilisation and communications. The remarkable progress made has fulfilled the mission of protecting the lives and properties of Hong Kong citizens.
This exhibition has been specifically planned as one of the events to celebrate the important milestone of the 150th anniversary of the Hong Kong Fire Services Department. The exhibition recalls the history and development of Hong Kong's fire and ambulance services through artefacts, precious pictures, video programmes and interactive games.
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A group photo of firefighters at the Hong Kong City Hall in the late 19th century
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The Fire Services Department set up an Ambulance Division in the 1960s, increasing the manpower, offering formal training to the ambulancemen, and setting up depots in various districts.
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In 1973, the government awarded the George Medal to Mr. Choi Chor, a fireman, in recognition of his bravery performance in the rescue operation during the major fire at the Jumbo Floating Restaurant in 1971.
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During major incidents, commanders at scene make use the Mobile Command Unit (MCU) to give orders, formulate operational strategies and provide backup support. The picture shows a MCU in the 1980s.