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Company Emergency Response Team (CERT)


Dear Fire Safety Managers/Building Owners,




On 3 April 2020, MOH issued a press release on “Additional Measures to Minimise Further Spread of COVID-19 Cases,” which outlined enhanced safe distancing measures to reduce the risk of further local transmission of COVID-19. Some of these measures include the closure of most workplace premises save for those providing essential services and in selected economic sectors which are critical for our local and global supply chains.  


In view of these enhanced measures and enquiries from Fire Safety Managers (FSM), SCDF provides the following clarifications in regard to affected premises that are subjected to CERT requirements:

S/NAffected premisesRemark
1.Premises with full closure
(eg. factories closed with no work activity)
Companies are not required to maintain their CERTs if premises are not occupied or minimally manned. The Fire Safety Manager (FSM) will still be required to ensure that all premises’ fire safety systems (eg hosereel system, fire extinguishers) are in working condition during this period of closure.
2.Premises with partial closure
(eg shopping malls with supermarkets)
CERT capabilities should be maintained because premises are effectively still in operations. In the event of emergency, CERT members are to mitigate and control an emergency situation.
Should premises face difficulty in maintaining full CERT capability, SCDF will conduct further assessment on a case-by-case basis.


This arrangement is expected to be in place until 4 May 2020, subject to further extension.  


For any enquiry or clarification relating to this guideline, please contact LTC Winson Cheung (Senior Assistant Director, Fire Safety Management Branch) at 6848 1433 or at


Thank you.


The CERT Scheme was expanded to include a broader group of Public and Industrial premises with the amendments to the Fire Safety Act on 14 September 2020.


In the updated Fire Safety Act (Chapter 109A), all premises with Fire Safety Managers are required to set up a CERT. In addition, all premises with a Fire Certificate are required to develop an Emergency Response Plan (ERP). Compared to the previous Fire Emergency Plan (FEP), the ERP is a more comprehensive response plan that includes the evacuation plan, the in-place protection plan, the arson prevention plan and the incident mitigation plan. More details on the ERP can be found on the Emergency Response Plan webpage.  


You may contact us at for CERT related matters.

CERT Guidelines - Valid from March 2014