The Fire Services Department (FSD) has established a new division to educate the public on how to deal with emergencies, but it was a character it created for the purpose that stole the show.
The department set up the Community Emergency Preparedness Division in October to provide basic knowledge on fire prevention and emergency responses, including how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or use an automated external defibrillator (AED).
For this purpose, the department created a Facebook page for the 60-member division and even introduced a character called “Yam Hor Yahn”, Cantonese for “anyone”, to deliver the message that anyone can help in an emergency situation.
At a press conference on Monday, the FSD presented two people as the Anyone character, dressed in blue spandex bodysuits that covered them from head to toe, to demonstrate how to use a fire extinguisher and apply CPR to a person who is in cardiac arrest, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported.
But when media outlets carried the news presentation on their websites and social media platforms, the sight of the Anyone character only elicited laughter from netizens who said he looked ridiculous in his tight-fitting blue suit.
Some netizens said Anyone looked like a character from a Japanese porn movie, while others said he didn’t look like an ordinary fireman at all.
Some people wondered why Anyone was wearing his shorts outside his dress while another wanted to know why the character was wearing a watch inside his bodysuit, RTHK reported.
Posts mocking Anyone flooded the new Facebook page of the FSD division, but the department itself did not make an official response.
Later on Monday night, Anyone left a self-deprecating post on the page, saying he could not stop sneezing throughout the day, making him wonder if it was because so many people were talking about him.
He also said his name means that anyone can do the things that he does to save lives in an emergency situation.
People should be prepared to save people around them, including their family, Anyone said.
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