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― Life Safety Information from the Tokyo Fire Department (TFD) ―
① TOKYO’S FIRE SERVICE
【The TFD Came a Long Way】
The Tokyo Fire Department (TFD) was formed as a municipal fire service body on March 7, 1948. In 1949, the TFD then saw the foundation of a command and control center, the Music Band and others as part of its organization. In 1960, the TFD extended its mission over to the Tama area, shouldering the fire service duties in this county region. This was followed by the establishment of the Fire Science Laboratory (Fire Technology and Safety Laboratory at present) in 1961, the Aviation Unit in 1966, and the Special Rescue Team in 1969. It was in 1976 that the TFD relocated itself to the present location (Otemachi, Chiyoda Ward). Incidentally yet notably, we had Cue-tah coming up in 2001―the TFD mascot leading this mail magazine project!
The TFD has Tokyo “divided” into ten districts for its mission; about 18,000 personnel protect Japan’s capital, working at firefighting, EMS, rescue and fire prevention.
In case of a catastrophe beyond Japan, the TFD also sends its members over to the disaster scene on request as part of the International Rescue Team. The TFD has so far played a prior role in many locations out of Japan.
【TFD Fire Engines’ Color...Why the RED?】
Fire apparatus come out in red, white, yellow, blue, black, etc. in foreign countries. Meanwhile, Japan has only RED for fire engines. This is because of the related law designating VERMILION to fire engines, and WHITE to other emergency vehicles.
Why the VERMILION? The fire apparatus firstly imported to Japan were all red. That could have been why Japanese fire engines were also painted RED, precisely VERMILION.
② USEFUL LIFE SAFETY TIPS
③ TFD EVENT PROGRAM
【The Second Week of June―That’s the Hazardous Materials Safety Week】
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