The Exercise and Audit Division of the Major Incidents Bureau (MIB) ran a tabletop exercise, codenamed "FIRMSAIL", on May 22 to enhance the Force's capability and the interoperability of different units to cope with typhoons. Over 80 officers from the rank of Inspector to Senior Superintendent in Regions participated in the exercise.
Speaking at the opening of the exercise, Senior Superintendent of MIB Peter Whitton stressed that the public has high expectations of professionalism for Force members in dealing with major incidents. He urged all the participants to do their utmost and prepare themselves for the coming typhoon season.
The exercise simulated a series of real-life scenarios during the passage of a super typhoon in Hong Kong. The participants discussed how to respond to the emergency situations. This not only strengthened their decision-making ability, but also boosted their confidence in handling emergencies under severe weather conditions. They also shared their experience and good practices.
On completion of the exercise, Director of Operations Siu Chak-yee delivered a closing address. He said that the Force is the agency of first response and last resort for the community in any emergency. He expressed appreciation to the officers for their participation in the exercise.