Civil Aid Service

Civil Aid Services
Agency overview
Formed 1952
Jurisdiction Hong Kong
Headquarters 8 To Wah Road, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon
Employees 112 full time; 3,634 adult members and 3,232 cadet members
Minister responsible
Agency executives
  • Dr. Ernest S. W. Lee, Commissioner
  • Mr. Lam Kwok-wah, Walker, Chief Staff Officer and Deputy Commissioner (Operation)
Website CAS
Civil Aid Service
Traditional Chinese 民眾安全服務隊
Alternative Chinese name
Traditional Chinese 民安隊

CAS Headquarters

The Civil Aid Service (Chinese: 民眾安全服務隊) or CAS (民安隊) in short is a civil organisation that assist 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.


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.


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

Past Commissioners


Rank Below IV are called "Other Rank Members"



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

Mountain Search and Rescue Company

Mountain Search and Rescue Company
Traditional Chinese 民安隊山嶺搜救中隊

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.[1] 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:



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