Senior firemen appear to have engaged in a pattern of sexual molestation of trainees and junior officers, reports say, after damning videos emerged of two recent incidents.
The Fire Services Department said it has not received any reports of the incidents but added it has formed an investigation panel, Headline Daily reports.
The videos were released by the media on Monday and carried by several newspapers.
One clip shows a man in a Fire Services Department t-shirt and naked from the waist down being molested by several men.
He is shown fending off his attackers, covering his genitals, only to be held down as others took photos of his private parts while mocking him and laughing.
The other footage is that of a man who is shown with his pants being pulled down by his attackers who then take photos and videos of his genitals.
A source said the incident took place in the defunct Fire Services Training School in Pat Heung about two to three years ago.
The school was relocated to Tseung Kwan O this year.
In response to media inquiries, the department said it takes staff discipline seriously and promised to investigate “according to established mechanisms”.
Nip Yuen-fung, chairman of the Hong Kong Fire Services Department Staff General Association, said everyone in the video might have been trainees.
Pranks among students are common, he said.
Democratic Party lawmaker James To said fire officials should “deal with the matter seriously” and release the results of their investigation immediately.
And the Equal Opportunities Commission, calling the acts outrageous and intolerable, urged the victims to take action and bring the matter to its jurisdiction.
It said the molesters may have violated the Sex Discrimination Ordinance, Ming Pao Daily reports.
The videos surfaced a year after police launched an investigation into alleged sexual harassment in the Tsim Sha Tsui Fire Station.
Eight firemen were investigated after a report from a 29-year-old junior firefighter that eight senior officers made him take his pants off and masturbate.
The incident reportedly happened more than once.
Police probing 8 firemen for alleged sexual harassment (Oct. 9, 2015)
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