The Government Flying Service (GFS) is a department of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region employing 227 civil servants responsible for flight operations, maintenance and administration. The department is headed by the Controller who reports directly to the Secretary for Security. The Controller is supported by the following sections: The Operations Section - the core part of the department. It provides flying services, mainly for search and rescue, air ambulance, firefighting, and law enforcement agencies' operations. The Training and Standards Section - responsible for setting professional standards and overseeing the training and development of all aircrews. The Engineering Section - an approved HKAR 145 maintenance organization, well supports the flying and operational activities. It provides virtually all the aircraft and equipment maintenance services from within its well-equipped and modern hangar and workshops. The Quality and Flight Safety Section - ensures that the department's operations conform to civil aviation flying regulations and other quality and flight safety standards. The Administration Section - provides administrative support services to the whole department. The services it provides include human resource management, financial management, supplies and general administration. One of the major responsibilities of the GFS lies with search and rescue operations. Besides serving Hong Kong, the department also assists in missions originated from the Civil Aviation Department and the Maritime Rescue and Coordination Centre.