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Cablegate: Extrancheck: Post-Shipment Verification: Fire Services

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RR RUEHWEB

DE RUEHHK #0041 0080458
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 080458Z JAN 08
FM AMCONSUL HONG KONG
TO RUCPDOC/USDOC WASHDC
INFO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 3816
RHMFIUU/HQ BICE WASHINGTON DC

UNCLAS HONG KONG 000041

SIPDIS

USDOC FOR 532/OEA/LHINES/DFARROW
USDOC FOR 3132 FOR FCS/OIO REGIONAL DIRECTOR WILLIAM ZARIT
BICE FOR OFFICE OF STRATEGIC INVESTIGATIONS

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: BMGT BEXP HK ETRD ETTC
SUBJECT: EXTRANCHECK: POST-SHIPMENT VERIFICATION: FIRE SERVICES
DEPT. OF HONG KONG

REF: A) USDOC 09994 B) D349824

1. Unauthorized disclosure of the information provided below is
prohibited by Section 12C of the Export Administration Act.

2. As per reftel A request and at the direction of the Office of
Enforcement Analysis (OEA) of the USDOC Bureau of Industry and
Security (BIS), Export Control Officer Philip Ankel (ECO) conducted
a post-shipment verification at the Fire Services Department of Hong
Kong, No. 1, Hong Chong Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon, Hong Kong
(HK Fire Services). The items in question are twelve thermal
imagers exported to HK Fire Services on or about November 4, 2006
and valued at approximately USD 86,000. The imagers are the subject
of export license D349824 and are classified under Export Control
Classification Number (ECCN) 6A003. This ECCN is controlled for
national security (NS) and nuclear nonproliferation (NP) reasons.
The exporter was ISG Thermal Systems USA of Lawrenceville, Georgia.

3. The HK Fire Services are the fire department of Hong Kong with a
staff of over 9,000 located throughout Hong Kong. More information
is available at www.hkfsd.gov.hk.

4. Mr. Kei-Wai Tai, Assistant Divisional Officer, Planning Group,
HK Fire Services, provided ECO with documentation confirming receipt
of the twelve thermal imagers with serial numbers 7366 to 7377. Mr.
Tai also provided ECO with a breakdown of the location of the twelve
units (by serial number and location). The units are located at
various fire stations throughout the Hong Kong S.A.R.

5. Visits were arranged at the ECO's request to two of the fire
stations, namely the Sai Kung Fire Station and the Chung Hom Kok
Fire Station. On January 4, 2008, the ECO, accompanied by
Commercial Assistant Carrie Chan, met with Mr. Tai and
representatives of the fire station command at the Sai Kung Fire
Station. Sai Kung fire station personnel removed the imager from a
locked case on a fire engine for inspection by the ECO. The serial
number on that imager matched the serial number on the listing
provided by Mr. Tai described in paragraph four, above. This imager
is used exclusively by this fire station as part of its
fire-fighting mission and is kept under lock and key at all times
(when not in use).

6. Later on January 4, 2008, ECO met with Senior Fireman Chun Pu
Yip of the Chung Hom Kok fire station. Mr. Yip removed a thermal
imager with serial number 7366 from a locked compartment on one of
the station's fire engines. He confirmed that the imager is only
used by this fire station and is kept under lock and key at all
times (when not in use).


Cunningham

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