11/13/12 90 W - + 3 - 4 Fire Engine Called Out - Video From Japan

Been a while since we blogged photos or footage from Japan. It's always a treat to see how things are done on the opposite side of the world. This video is dated July 2009, and was featured in this morning's update from Firegeezer. Shamelessly stealing here, but with attribution! Dig the flagger that runs into the roadway, to stop traffic. Does your station have one? Or just some guy in a loud shirt who walks into the street with a camera?

At what point were they actually dispatched? They’re rushing around in the beginning on the video like they’re gearing up for a call, but it takes them 3 full minutes to get out of the station? One of our engines would be on scene before they ever left the station!
rfburns - 11/14/12 - 11:29

So much for response times! Here they would go around the flagger or run over him! Looks like a nice station tho..
fire1983 - 11/14/12 - 14:33

It seems like they took forever to get out of the station. it seems that around here, from dispatch to enroute is about a minute or less.
charlie - 11/14/12 - 18:08

Gattis taught us to hustle on the fireground. Don’t run, but don’t walk. The same thing applies surely to getting to the engines. (Ran once in socks on a freshly waxed floor at Station 17. After the call, a sore bum reported a sore bum. And smarmy accident report included something about “treading more carefully when clad in socks.”)

They seem to hustle, but in circles. Wonder how fast fires spread in Japan? How’s the building codes, and do room and contents fires stay contained longer than here, or the opposite? (Ergo, is there any logic in their longer time getting out of the station? Can’t imagine, though…)

Next question for consideration. Are they equally less… go-go-go when they arrive on the fireground? That’s in turn translate to less aggressive suppression? Hmmmmmm.
Legeros - 11/14/12 - 18:32

Im glad we have the trucks we have here in America. I wouldnt be caught riding on one of those things for nothing. Where is their hose and pumps and compartment space on them “things”. Goes to show how well we have it here.
Red - 11/16/12 - 22:38

@Red – re: compartment space. ....which brings up an interesting topic. How much space do we need? I would guesstimate over half of the junk carried on Raleigh’s engines could be removed. Take the hose clamp for example. Why do we need to carry one on the rig except for it to meet “criteria”. Blah.
Rescue Ranger - 11/16/12 - 22:44

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