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[2014] Mayor’s Speech

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  • Doubt is better than certainty

  • SMG 988

    Introduction of the golden time target for disasters by type

    Making way for fire trucks to attain the ‘golden time target’

    Date November 17, 2014 | Venue Seoul City Hall

    Good morning. I am very pleased to see you all here today. I am Park Won Soon, the mayor of Seoul Special City. I would like to express my deep appreciation to all of you here for your time and interest in public safety despite this cold weather.

    No matter what, safety comes first, doesn’t it? Under this principle, the SMG’s top priority has always been ensuring a safe city for our citizens. To achieve this, we are working to come up with a series of diverse and effective preventive measures. For example, we are increasing the city public safety budget by 22 percent annually.

    Most representatively, we set a golden time for 55 different types of disasters, in an effort to put public safety first in the case of an unavoidable disaster. For instance, the golden time has been set for social and natural disasters, including 3 minutes for a subway fire accident or a safety accident at a concert event hall, 4 minutes for a drowning accident in Han River, 4 hours for the collapse of a construction site, 72 hours for earthquakes and national infrastructure disasters, 1 hour for counter-terrorism, and 4 hours for electricity paralysis. We will do our best to protect the safety of the city and citizens, for example by setting a golden time and preparing a more practical reaction manual.

    Moreover, we will continue to secure critical infrastructure to enhance voluntary responses through various means, such as by training 10,000 safety guards, improving citizens’ initial response, and operating a city academy targeting social opinion leaders. I would like to inform you that the golden time rule introduced by Seoul was the first of its kind in the world. I would politely ask you to be a part of our efforts to put it on the right track. There is a saying, ‘Doubt is better than certainty.’ The SMG will continue to do our utmost to doubt, examine, and safeguard the public safety even after we have made great strides in increasing the safety of our citizens.