Auxiliary Medical Service

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Auxiliary Medical Services
醫療輔助隊
Badge of the Auxiliary Medical Service.gif
AMS Crest
Agency overview
Formed 1950
Jurisdiction Hong Kong
Headquarters 81 Princess Margaret Road, Homantin
Employees 4,418
Annual budget $72.0m (Estimate 2012-13)
Minister responsible Mr Lai Tung-kwok, SBS, IDSM, JP, Secretary for Security
Agency executives Dr Lam Ping-yan, JP, SBS, Commissioner
Dr Chan Yiu-wing, Chief Staff Officer
Website http://www.ams.gov.hk

Auxiliary Medical Service (AMS) (Chinese: 醫療輔助隊) is a well-trained, committed voluntary medical and health services provider in Hong Kong. Its mission is to supply effectively and efficiently regular services to maintain the health and well-being of people in Hong Kong.

Major events[edit]

An ambulance motorcycle of AMS

AMS was officially formed in 1950 with 2000 volunteers. As of 2007, number of volunteers grown to 4418.[1] It was involved in major accidents and events in Hong Kong like the Shek Kip Mei fire in 1953, Typhoon Wendy in 1962 and landslides caused by heavy rainstorms in 1972. It also served during SARS in Hong Kong in 2003 and 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake. Normally, it sends out volunteers to fireworks display, marathon, and major events.

In 1983, AMS became an independent government operation branch under the Security Department of the Government Secretariat.

A public hotline for enquiry about the services of AMS and a Non-Emergency Ambulance Transport team were set up in 1995 and 1996 respectively. The Youth Ambassador Scheme has also been implemented in 1997 with the objectives to encourage young people to have a healthy lifestyle and promote a sense of civic duties.

Fleet[edit]

AMS Ambulance

A list of vehicles used in the past and present:

Organisation[edit]

Operations:

    • Wing 1
    • Wing 2

Wing are further divided into operating Regions:

  • Hong Kong Island
  • Kowloon East
  • Kowloon West
  • New Territories East
  • New Territories West

Staff: 3,300 uniformed members

Crest[edit]

Badge of the Auxiliary Medical Service, 1950-1997.
Flag of the Auxiliary Medical Service, 1950-1997.

The current crest of the force was adopted in 1997 to replace most of the colonial symbols on the old crest (c. 1950):

  • St Edward's Crown replace with Bauhinia
  • Laurel wreath retained but wording AMS replaced with "醫療輔助隊"
  • Motto with wording "Hong Kong" replaced with "Auxiliary Medical Services"

Source: Auxiliary Medical Service (Hong Kong)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Auxiliary Medical Service

External links[edit]