City Rescue Forces Take Part in Joint Disaster Prevention Drill in Japan
A 6-member rescue squad from Taipei’s Fire Department was in Japan to take part in a disaster prevention drill spanning 6 days. The team members stayed at Tokyo between August 30 and September 4.Located along an active earthquake belt, Japan is no stranger to major tremors. Each year, the nation organizes “joint disaster prevention drills” across the nation to strengthen the preparedness of related agencies and raise public awareness on the threat. Through the Network for Crisis Management involving major Asian cities, Tokyo invited Taipei’s emergency rescue team to take part in the exercises, seeking to boost interaction among international rescue forces in the area of immediate coordination and operation in the case of major disasters. The 2017 Joint Disaster Prevention Drill was organized by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and Chofu City at the Tamagawa Children’s Park. The scenario of the exercise depicts Tokyo after being hit by a magnitude-6 earthquake in the Tamagawa area. The exercise involved over 60 public and private organizations, including Tokyo’s Disaster Medical Assistance Team and Police Department, as well as teams from the Japan Self-defense Forces.Taipei’s rescue squad took part in operations involving car accidents, building destruction, and survivor search. The team members also had the chance to exchange experience with counterparts from Japan, Singapore, and South Korea.