|Tokyo Fire Department|
|Formation||1948, March 7|
|Legal status||Municipal Fire Service|
|Headquarters||1-3-5 Otemachi, Chiyoda-ku|
|Fire Chief||Yuji Arai|
The Tokyo Fire Department (東京消防庁) was form in March 7, 1948 and is responsible for protecting the Tokyo Metropolis Area [2,187.08 (621.81) km²]. The Fire Department is one of the largest urban fire services in the world. Providing services to the 23 Wards of Tokyo and parts of Western Tokyo from fires, biological, chemical, earthquake, flooding and radioactive hazards. First response for medical services and all types of rescues. The department handles varied challenges from urban settings to mountain forests.
Emergency Medical Services
Overall of Stations in Tokyo Metropolis Area.
Fire Districts & Fire Stations
Pumpers = 486
Rescue Trucks = 25
Ambulances = 229
Chemical Trucks = 48
Aerial ladder = 85
Fire boats = 9
Command Units = 92
Helicopters = 6
|Motorcycles = 20|
[As of 2008 Review]
A few times in a year. The department has demonstrations and preparedness training. These are small and others might be large scale events.
The demonstrations are mostly public awareness for the people who live in Tokyo Area. This also shows the tax payers where the funding of the department and the state of preparedness. This is also used as a recruiting tool for future fire fighters. Commonly you see a small demonstrations every so often in a District Centers, Schools, and Shopping Arcades. The firefighters would give rides, tours, or maybe let you touch equipment.
The biggest demonstration is Dezomeshiki. It's the New Year Tokyo Fire Department Review; where it happening in January every year. They presents all the resources and training that the Department currently are using. They perform a fake disaster where the firefighters use their equipment. They also setup a showroom for equipment and a small museum.
Every so offer a Fire District performs a preparedness training. Where they have a fake disaster in a real district area. This training is for the firefighters, support staff, and local volunteers. So that they can better know an area if a disaster happens.
The preparedness training also uses Mass Casualties Tags. These tag are used in major disasters. These tags give information about the person and sort out many who could be saved with the current status of medical service.
Fire Fighting Robotics
The department currently has 12 robots for fire fighting and rescue. These robots are design to handle disasters that are too dangerous for personnel during an emergency. Some types of robots can shoot water or foam on to fires. One type can rescue a person and another type are able to move large objects. Currently all robots are control by remote operators.
Future fire fighting robotics might have simple artificial intelligence to search for life and able to move on terrain without operator's assistance.
Rank insignias are place on a small badge and pinned above the right pocket. Rank is told by stripes and Hexagram stars. The design of the insignias came from older Japanese style military insignias. Some ranks maybe shown as different color like of the fire jacket for station commander.
||Assistant Fire Sergeant
||1st Assistant Chief
The Tokyo Fire Museum is at Yotsuya 3-10, Shinjuku-ku. Where it has a large collection of historic fire fighting apparatuses. The museum has fire fighting history of the 17th and 18th centuries with large scale-model dioramas showing scenes of destruction from past events. Models shows the uniforms and equipment that was used during that time. Other parts of the museum shows old pictures and films. They have scenes to show the birth of modern fire fighting vehicles, equipment, and fire suits. With the very first pumps and hoses that was used. 20th century fire fighting history is also is shown and the future of fire fighting is exhibit at the museum. Such as high-tech robots. A current working Fire station is right next to the museum.
The Tokyo Fire Department wants all visitors and current residents from other nations to feel safe and know the fire codes of the city. So a "Multilingual Page" was created to promote fire safety.
Tokyo Fire Museum http://www.tfd.metro.tokyo.jp/ts/museum.htm