The Fire Services Department's mascot, “Anyone”, is proving to be a big hit and fans are lining up to join a new safety awareness campaign. Superintendent Ng Yuen-yan of the Community Emergency Preparedness division, said the popularity of the character, clad in blue lycra from head to toe, is drawing more people to join their campaign and practise CPR and using a defibrillator. "Once 'Anyone' comes out, they feel very excited and they do CPR with them," she said. The character made its debut through Facebook in August. But when models dressed up as the mascot appeared at a media briefing last month, they attracted a lot of internet chatter. But some critical comments on social media – one user even comparing it to a Japanese porn figure – initially made the department think about limiting the appearance of 'Anyone'. This sparked off a stream of appeals from social media users to bring the mascot back, changing the officials' minds. Anyone's creator Chou Wing-yin, a superintendent in the department's ambulance wing, said he accepted the criticism, but added that the character is a lot more than just a mascot. The design originated from a cartoon poster for a course run by the department, Chou said. When he and his team of about 10 paramedics tried to create a promotional video, Chou thought of using a character that would be much more effective than taking an orthodox approach. Originally Chou wanted to create a cuter cartoon mascot, but he found that the actor would not be able to perform CPR in a clumsy giant costume with no fingers.