Au­thor­i­ties ex­plore how to han­dle sub­way emer­gen­cies Com­mut­ing in Shang­hai

China Daily (Canada) - - TOP NEWS - By ZHOU WENT­ING in Shang­hai zhouwent­ing@chi­nadaily.

China’s fire­fight­ing au­thor­ity and sub­way op­er­a­tors are mulling res­cue plans to han­dle fires in the un­der­ground transportation sys­tem, a fire con­trol of­fi­cial said dur­ing a re­gional work­shop on emer­gen­cies in ur­ban en­vi­ron­ments onWed­nes­day.

De­tailed plans will be de­vel­oped, in­clud­ing as­sess­ing risks in sta­tions posed by dif­fer­ent types of fires, with a fo­cus on sta­tions thathave high pas­sen­ger flow, ac­cord­ing to Yang Guo­hong, di­rec­tor of op­er­a­tional train­ing in theMin­istry of Pub­lic Se­cu­rity’s fire de­part­ment, at the work­shop.

The work­shop was de­signed to strengthen co­op­er­a­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween China and the As­so­ci­a­tion of South­east Asian Na­tions and was or­ga­nized by the ASEAN Re­gional Fo­rum.

“We­have to be ready al­ways for res­cue work in such con­fined un­der­ground spa­ces, where more chal­lenges ex­ist,” Yang said.

The daily pas­sen­ger flow on sub­ways in Shang­hai av­er­aged 8.39 mil­lion in 2015, fol­low­ing con­sec­u­tive in­creases from 2008, which saw 3.06 mil­lion pas­sen­gers per day, ac­cord­ing to Shang­hai Shen­tong Metro Group Co, the city’s sub­way op­er­a­tor.

Sub­way sta­tions with com­pli­cated struc­tures, in­clud­ing long tun­nels, plat­forms, tracks, wires and switch­ing rooms, raise dif­fi­cul­ties for res­cuers, Yang said, not­ing that the in­ad­e­quacy of smoke dis­charge equip­ment, low vis­i­bil­ity, high tem­per­a­tures and poor com­mu­ni­ca­tion are some of the dif­fi­cul­ties.

Fire­fight­ers are trained reg­u­larly in sim­u­lated dis­as­ters fea­tur­ing high tem­per­a­tures and thick smoke con­cen­tra­tions while wear­ing heavy uni­forms and car­ry­ing res­pi­ra­tors and other equip­ment to en­sure that they are phys­i­cally ca­pa­ble of walk­ing the long dis­tance in tun­nels to reach vic­tims.

“They should no­tify po­lice right away, which will ini­ti­ate a col­lab­o­ra­tive emer­gency re­sponse from var­i­ous gov­ern­ment de­part­ments, such as traf­fic po­lice, health and elec­tri­cal re­pair. They should also im­me­di­ately switch on smoke-dis­charge fa­cil­i­ties, wa­ter sprayers and fire pro­tec­tion, and or­ga­nize an evac­u­a­tion,” he said.

Res­cues in­volv­ing mo­tor ve­hi­cles ac­ci­dents in tun­nels are es­pe­cially dif­fi­cult — an­other key sub­ject be­ing dis­cussed by ex­perts.

In Shang­hai, there are cur­rently 46 kilo­me­ters of tun­nels, and an­other 10 tun­nels will be built.

“Mean­while, the num­ber of ve­hi­cles in the city keeps ris­ing. So we strive to el­e­vate our re­sponse ca­pa­bil­i­ties for such ac­ci­dents and hold drills reg­u­larly to en­sure ef­fi­cient ac­ci­dent cleanup and max­i­mally pro­tect peo­ple’s safety,” said Chen Yong­sheng, di­rec­tor of the head­quar­ters of the Shang­hai Fire Con­trol De­part­ment.

Al­to­gether, 104 fire-re­lated in­ci­dents took place in tun­nels in Shang­hai since 2006, killing two peo­ple and in­jur­ing 10.

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