(Hong Kong Wen Wei Po reporter Huang Hengnuo) the epidemic of new crown pneumonia is like a forest fire. Firemen and emergency rescuers who usually go through life and death in the fire have dealt with 30000 suspected and confirmed cases of new crown pneumonia in the past year, and put out this alternative fire. The fire department recently established the “transfer” system “Team” supports the case tracking command center in Kai Tak community hall. It works with doctors of the Department of health to track about 100 cases every day. Firefighters and paramedics are at the forefront of the fight against the epidemic at the risk of infection. Even if they suspect that some of their colleagues are infected at work, they will not lose their morale. Senior ambulance officer, Mr. Qu Zhaoming, is determined to say, “no one will ever quit.” “I will continue to serve the public, and every colleague is proud of his work.” & nbsp;
However, due to the shortage of manpower in the Department of health and the lag of case tracking in the past, the effectiveness of cutting off the transmission chain has been compromised. The Fire Services Department set up the “transfer” on 13 January The “team” supports the case tracking command center to keep in touch with the control center of the Fire Services Department and the hospital authority from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. every day to coordinate ambulances to send the confirmed, initially confirmed patients and close contacts with symptoms to hospital for treatment or testing, and arrange for other close contacts to move into the quarantine center.
Last year, more than 30000 new titles were handled
The “transfer team” is composed of 12 fire prevention officers. It handles about 100 cases daily with the doctors of the Department of health who were originally in charge of the work. Acting assistant fire district chief (Management Group), Mr. Zhang Zhenyi, said that the existing staff are sufficient to meet the service demand and will keep an eye on the latest epidemic situation every day. In case of failure to clean up all new cases, more staff will be flexibly deployed to assist.
In the past year, the Fire Services Department’s ambulance workers have also been at the forefront of the fight against the epidemic and have taken the risk of being infected to transport patients with new coronal pneumonia to hospitals for treatment. Senior ambulance officer Qu Zhaoming said that the Fire Services Department handled more than 30000 suspected and confirmed calls related to new coronal pneumonia last year, and as of last Monday (18th), it handled more than 8300 calls involving confirmed patients.
The demand for ambulance services was already huge before the outbreak. According to the annual report of the Fire Services Department, the ambulance headquarters handled more than 822000 calls last year, or an average of 2, In order not to affect the general ambulance service, the Fire Services Department has also dispatched a special support team (SSU) to deal with the suspected infection of the crew of the world dream cruise ship in the early stage of the epidemic. With the outbreak of the epidemic in the community, SSU has become the main force to transport patients with new coronal pneumonia to hospital and transfer to other hospitals.
In addition to suspected and confirmed cases, front-line ambulancemen also have to take part in the evacuation operation of the explosive epidemic hospital from time to time. Qu Zhaoming pointed out that the relevant work is generally very urgent. How to deploy manpower will also bring challenges to the Fire Services Department. In particular, they may face different situations when they arrive at the scene. For example, in the case of an evacuation operation for the elderly on Thursday, the meal time for the elderly made the operation a little more difficult The evacuation was delayed.
No loss of morale
Because of their contact with quarantine personnel and different injured persons with high transmission risk, the front-line paramedics have provided enough personal protective equipment for their colleagues. However, Qu Zhaoming pointed out that they do not know whether the injured person is infected before receiving the call every time. Sometimes they can only make flexible evaluation by collecting data after arriving at the scene to decide whether to use higher standard equipment. They are faced with many risks, “It is impossible to have a full set of personal protective equipment as soon as you go out. If you fall or twist your relatives, you may hinder the rescue.”
In the past, rescue workers were diagnosed after rescuing patients with new coronal pneumonia, and the cause of infection was related to work. However, Qu Zhaoming stressed that the morale of all rescue workers had never been damaged, and they would continue to guard their posts. “When we see a lot of encouragement, the public are sure that we will deal with and support the epidemic. Every colleague will never shrink back and continue to serve the public, Every colleague is very proud of his work. “
The emergency response team is waiting for orders to prevent epidemic and fire
The fire fighting and rescue work has always been very challenging. Under the epidemic situation of new crown pneumonia, the work becomes even more difficult. In case of a fire in each quarantine center, the firemen stationed in the center should not only enter the fire site as usual to put out the fire, but also effectively evacuate the quarantine personnel with extremely limited manpower resources, and ensure that they will not have contact with the staff in the center to prevent cross infection, It’s very difficult.
In the past year, the Fire Services Department has set up a rapid response team in response to the government’s establishment of quarantine centres at different sites. Members of the team are volunteers from three operation areas. They are divided into two teams every day and are stationed at the quarantine centre 24 hours a day to provide fire fighting and other emergency rescue services at any time.
Since the first rapid response team was set up on March 2 last year, it has handled about 200 different calls, including fire alarm. Zhang Zhenyi, acting assistant district chief (Management Section) of the Fire Services Department, said that the quarantine center is very different from ordinary residential buildings. Although their work goal is to put out fire, there are many factors to consider.
“Penny’s Bay quarantine center has tried to deal with a fire. The way to deal with the fire is basically the same. But when the fire alarm rings, the on-site quarantine personnel will be surprised. We have to deal with a large number of quarantine personnel under the hands of a limited number of people. Today, there are 800 people in Penny’s Bay for quarantine inspection. Every time we change, the rapid response team will have six colleagues, even if we bury the civil security team, it will have 20 to 30.” Zhen Yi pointed out that when they evacuate in the quarantine center, they must effectively separate the quarantine personnel from other staff on the site to avoid cross infection.
Zhang Zhenyi said that in addition to reading the work instructions specially written for the working environment of the quarantine center, the staff of the rapid response team will also conduct fire safety inspections at least seven times a day because the environment of each quarantine center is different, so as to understand the location of different fire-fighting equipment, the status and operation mode of relevant equipment, and strengthen the cooperation with the quarantine center The Department of health, the auxiliary medical service and the police work together to ensure that they are able to respond quickly in the event of an accident.