Safety Access & Rescue’s owner and lead trainer, Bill Proctor, has just returned from Hong Kong after being a guest speaker at the opening of the new HKD $3.5 billion Fire & Ambulance Services Academy. The title of Bill’s presentation was “The Challenge of Height” & dealt with new ideas & concepts for skyscraper & super-tall building rescue.
The new FASA facility is arguably one of the best in the world currently and covers a massive area. It has realistic training mockups for high rise building, tower crane & cable car rescue as well as Urban Search & Rescue (USAR) operations, ship fire containment (a complete front third of a container vessel actually surrounded by water), swift water rescue, compartment fire and even a full mockup of a downed aircraft including airport control tower.
The mockup designed for building rescue was particularly impressive; an 11 storey structure detailed in three separate theme layers. The lower section represents typical HK shopfronts, the mid section high rise residential and the upper third commercial skyscraper. All with a complete window cleaning gondola on the exterior that can be set to any angle simulating an accident & stranded workers.
Bill was in Hong Kong with CMC Rescue International Sales Manager Olaf Saul as part of a new training and equipment sales relationship with California based CMC Rescue, focussing on emerging markets in Australia and Asia. Look out for more CMC Rescue products and training in Australia in the immediate future.
28 March 2016