To lessen the burden of firefighters on duty by giving them more time to sleep or relax and effectively streamline service manpower, the Fire Bureau of Taichung City Government has been pilot testing the "dorm night duty" (值宿) system instead of the current "late night duty" system since February 1, 2015. As both male and female firefighters are required to take “dorm night duty”, the Fire Bureau has taken measures, such as indoor locks and key custody, to enhance workplace safety for female colleagues.
To prevent the recent sexual assault case from recurrence, the Fire Bureau has asked its supervisory staff at all levels to strengthen supervision and enhance workplace safety for female colleagues. In addition to the increase of bedrooms and segments, the Fire Bureau is planning to install monitors on the hallways to the bedrooms and bathrooms and fix door locks (chains) inside the rooms. Spare keys for female bedrooms will be kept in custody by a designated female colleague.
The pilot testing has so far shown that our colleagues, although sleeping or resting at dormitory, can always respond to call of duty within 120 seconds, evidencing that the "dorm night duty" system does not affect the fire services at all, stressed the Fire Bureau.