Civil Aid Service

The Civil Aid Service (CAS) is a civil organisation that assists in a variety of auxiliary emergency roles, including search and rescue operations in Hong Kong. CAS is funded by the Hong Kong Government and its members wear uniforms.

Civil Aid Services
Badge of the Civil Aid Service.gif
Agency overview
Formed1952; 70 years ago (1952)
JurisdictionHong Kong
Headquarters8 To Wah Road, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon
Employees112 full time; 3,634 adult members and 3,232 cadet members
Minister responsible
Agency executives
  • Mr.LO Yan-Lai, Commissioner
  • Mr.Fong Yiu Tong,Francis, Chief Staff Officer (Acting) and Deputy Commissioner (Operation) (Acting)
Civil Aid Service
Traditional Chinese民眾安全服務隊
Simplified Chinese民众安全服务队
Traditional Chinese民安隊
Simplified Chinese民安队
CAS Headquarters


Badge of the Civil Aid Service, 1952-1997.
Flag of the Civil Aid Service, 1952-1997.

Formed in 1952 under the British colonial government of Hong Kong (CAS Ordinance) and modelled after Civil Aid agencies in the United Kingdom.

As well, a youth section, CAS Cadet Corps, adds 3,232 volunteers to the regular 3,634 force.

The concept was introduced during British rule, an organisation also found in Britain.

A dedicated Civil Aid Service rescue training centre, with indoor and outdoor training areas, was opened by the governor on 15 November 1953 at Hawthorn Road, Happy Valley.[1]

The CAS used to be headquartered at Caroline Hill Road in Causeway Bay. It moved to Yau Ma Tei in 2006. The six-storey former CAS Headquarters is slated for demolition by the government.[2]


The stated duties of the Service are:

  • to provide support to the government regular emergency forces on counter disaster activities, mountain search and rescue, flood rescue, countryside fire protection duties;
  • to provide crowd control and management services in major public functions;
  • to patrol country parks and hiking trails and to assist people in need of help;
  • to stage performances to enhance public attention on major campaigns or activities organised by government departments and non-government organisations;
  • to provide training activities and professional services on mountain safety/rescue for government departments and non-government organisations.


CAS are headed by the Commissioner and CAS (Department) by Chief Staff Officer (also Deputy Commissioner).

Past commissionersEdit

  • Dr. Ernest Lee SW, SBS, PhD, JP
  • Dr. Norman Leung
  • The Hon Charles Edward Michael Terry (founding commissioner)


  • Commissioner (Grade Senior VII Officer)
  • Deputy Commissioner - Operations, Administration (Grade VII Officer)
  • Senior Assistant Commissioner - Operations, Administration, Development & Youth (Grade VII Officer)
  • Regional (Hong Kong, Kowloon, New Territories) / Cadet Corps / Support Force Commander / Administration Force / Tactical Force (Grade VII Officer)
  • Deputy Regional / Cadet Corps / Support Force Commander (Grade SVI Officer)
  • Assistant Regional Commander / Principal Staff Officer (Grade VI Officer)
  • Company Commander / Senior Staff Officer (Grade SV Officer)
  • Deputy Company Commander / Staff Officer (Grade V Officer)
  • Platoon Commander / Assistant Staff Officer (Grade IV Officer)

Rank Below IV are called "Other Rank Members"

  • Chief Section Leader (Grade Senior III)
  • Senior Section Leader (Grade Senior III)
  • Section Leader (Grade III)
  • Deputy Section Leader (Grade II)
  • Senior Member (Grade Senior I)
  • Member (Grade I)
  • Cadet / Senior Cadet / Deputy Cadet Leader / Cadet Leader / Senior Cadet Leader



CAS Vehicles is managed by Transport Company. There are various types of vehicles in service for different uses including:

  • Motorcycle
  • Mobile Command Unit - Toyota Coaster 16 Seats
  • Mountain Rescue Vehicle
  • Emergency Lighting Vehicle
  • Mobile Canteen
  • Rescue Tender
  • Coaches - Mitsubishi Rosa
  • Van, etc.

Mountain Search and Rescue CompanyEdit

Mountain Search and Rescue Company
Traditional Chinese民安隊山嶺搜救中隊
Simplified Chinese民安队山岭搜救中队

The Mountain Search and Rescue Company (民安隊山嶺搜救中隊) or CAS MSaR consists of two search and rescue teams specializing in mountain terrain within Hong Kong (mainly in the New Territories). MSaR team is made up of auxiliary members of CAS. Formed in 1967, it has a combined total of 246 members.[3] MSaR works with Hong Kong Fire Services and Government Flying Service (air support) when deployed to incidents.


The current crest of the force was adopted in 1997 to replace most of the British colonial symbols:

  • St Edward's Crown replace with the Bauhinia, Hong Kong's regional emblem
  • Crest's unilingual wording CAS Hong Kong replaced with the bilingual "香港 - 民安隊 Civil Aid Service - Hong Kong"

Source: [1]


  1. ^ "Rescue training centre opened by The Hon. R.B. Black". South China Morning Post. 16 November 1953. p. 3.
  2. ^ "794CL – The demolition of existing superstructures at Caroline Hill Road site, Causeway Bay" (PDF). Legislative Council. 17 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Civil Aid Service Hong Kong". Archived from the original on 9 October 2007.

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