• Short Summary

    SOME 6,000 FIREMEN WITH 120 APPLIANCES TOOK PART IN TOKYO'S ANNUAL FIRE BRIGADE SHOW, HELD RECENTLY IN THE GROUNDS OF THE JAPANESE CAPITAL'S MEIJI SHRINE PARK.

  • Description

    SOME 6,000 FIREMEN WITH 120 APPLIANCES TOOK PART IN TOKYO'S ANNUAL FIRE BRIGADE SHOW, HELD RECENTLY IN THE GROUNDS OF THE JAPANESE CAPITAL'S MEIJI SHRINE PARK.

    DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER BANBOKU OHONO AND THE DIRECTOR OF TOKYO'S METROPOLITAN FIRE SERVICES, MR. ETOH, BOTH ADDRESSED AND INSPECTED FIREFIGHTING PERSONNEL. THE REVIEW CULMINATED IN THE NEW INTERNATIONALLY FAMOUS DISPLAY OF PERSONAL SKILL AND DARING EXHIBITED BY FIREMEN IN ANCIENT GARB PERFORMING ACROBATICS ATOP LOFTY LADDERS, WATCHED BY 20,000 SPECTATORS.

    TOKYO'S FIREMEN COMMAND THE RESPECT OF ALL JAPAN SINCE THEIR JOB IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT, AND MOST HAZARDOUS, IN THE COUNTRY. THE CAPITAL'S FIRE SERVICES - EQUIPPED WITH MORE THAN 500 APPLIANCES, A LARGE NUMBER OF SEARCHLIGHT TRUCKS WITH 30-KILOWATT GENERATORS, AND SOME 200 AMBULANCES - ARE CALLED OUT ALMOST CONTINUOUSLY IN A CITY WHERE, EXCEPT IN THE CENTRAL AND BUSINESS AREAS, THE MAJORITY OF HOUSES ARE BUILT OF OIL, PAPER AND BAMBOO.

    LAST YEAR ALONE, 108 PEOPLE WERE KILLED AND 600 INJURED IN TOKYO'S FIRES, WHICH HAVE A HISTORY OF MANY CENTURIES AND WERE IN DAYS OF OLD KNOWN AS TH "FLOWERS OF EDO" - THE CLASSICAL NAME OF THE CITY OF TOKYO. NARROW STREETS CONGESTED WITH HEAVY TRAFFIC, AND A CHRONIC LACK OF WATER IN MANY PARTS, ARE SOME OF THE AGGRAVATING FACTORS IN THIS BIGGEST HEADACHE OF THE MUNICIPAL AUTHORITIES.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA39KMSAVDBHDZH9ENK1M1OC3S3
    Media URN:
    VLVA39KMSAVDBHDZH9ENK1M1OC3S3
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/01/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:07:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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