A company in Nantong City, Jiangsu Province, recently used a mannequin in the fire control room. 

As Chinese media Guancha reported, on June 6, the Fire Rescue Detachment of Nantong City, Jiangsu Province, was on duty. 

At 11:00 p.m., staff discovered something odd during their online inspection via surveillance camera. The team found that the security guard in a company’s fire control room was always sitting motionless. 

The footage shows that a company staff member came and dragged the “person on duty” away, chair and all. The ‘duty officer’ turned out to be a plastic dummy model dressed in a security uniform, wig, and hat. 

On June 7, the fire supervisor of the Nantong Qidong Brigade Fire Supervisor went to the company to verify the situation and confirm the incident. 

The person in charge of the company admitted that no one was in the control room at the time. Only the security guard slept in the back room, and he would come out to pick up the phone when it rang.

When asked why the dummy was used as a fake duty officer, the person in charge explained that it was because the company was currently understaffed, and this was the only solution.

According to the regulations, someone must be on duty 24 hours a day in the fire control room, and the on-duty staff must have the related certificate.

The fire supervisor asked the person in charge of the business to correct the problem immediately. Also, the company will be punished according to relevant laws and regulations.

A similar incident occurred in July last year. During supervision and inspection by the Nantong Rudong Fire Rescue Brigade, they discovered that a company’s fire control room was unmanned. Instead, a dummy model was sitting in front of the big screen in the fire control room, giving the appearance of a person on duty.

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