The Fire Safety Ambassador Scheme is one of the fire safety promotion programmes launched by the Fire Services Department to raise public awareness of fire safety.
Introduced by the Fire Services Department (FSD) in 1997, the Fire Safety Ambassador Scheme aims at training volunteers from all walks of life to become Fire Safety Ambassadors (FSAs) and FSA Trainers to help disseminate fire protection messages in the community.
After receiving basic fire protection training and passing an examination, participants will be appointed as FSAs or FSA Trainers with the following missions:
- To disseminate fire protection messages to the public.
- To promote public awareness of fire safety.
- To help abate or report fire hazards.
Participants are required to attend a one-day FSA Course or a one-and-a-half-day FSA Trainer Course, in which they will be given fire safety talks, learn how to use fire extinguishers and fire hose reels, visit fire stations, and inspect fire service installations and equipment in buildings. The fire safety talks cover a range of topics including:
- Introduction to the FSA Scheme
- Organisation and functions of the FSD
- Basic combustion theories
- Common causes of fire and precautionary measures
- What to do in case of fire
- Fire hazards and reporting procedures
- Fire service installations and equipment in buildings
- Basic knowledge of dangerous goods
Participants are required to attend a written examination after completing either course. They will be appointed as FSAs or FSA Trainers after passing the examination.
Participants who have completed either course and passed the relevant written examination will be awarded a Certificate of Appointment of Fire Safety Ambassador or a Certificate of Appointment of Fire Safety Ambassador Trainer by the FSD and formally appointed as FSAs or FSA Trainers. Such appointments are valid for life. However, the FSD reserves the right to withdraw an appointment under special circumstances, for example, where FSAs or FSA Trainers misconduct themselves and jeopardise public interest or the reputation of the FSD, or where they have engaged in commercial activities in the name of FSAs or FSA Trainers.
Three basic skills on emergency preparedness
The emergency preparedness skills promoted by the Fire Services Department (FSD) can be grouped into three broad categories, namely “Extinguish and Prevent Fire”, “Self-help and Help Others” and “Escape and Evacuate”. Represented by three different colours, i.e. red, yellow and green, these skills are collectively termed the “three basic skills on emergency preparedness”. Getting a good grasp of the “three basic skills on emergency preparedness” will help strengthen your capabilities in dealing with emergencies or contingencies.