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U.S. and Japanese Fire Departments Train Together


NOBODY WAKES UP THINKING
THAT THEY ARE GOING TO BE INVOLVED IN A WRECK
BUT IT’S IMPORTANT FOR EMERGENCY RESPONSE
PERSONNEL TO UNDERSTAND WHAT THEY NEED TO DO
IN A REAL EMERGENCY. THAT’S WHY FLEET
ACTIVITIES YOKOSUKA, THE OKAKO FIRE DEPARTMENT
AND THE CITY OF ZUSHI FIRE DEPARTMENT STAGED A
SIMULATED MULTI-VEHICLE ACCIDENT. “THERE HAVE BEEN LESS
AND LESS MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENTS IN THE CITY OF
ZUSHI SO USING THESE REAL CARS AND EXTRACTING THE
VICTIMS FROM THE CARS WILL HELP US KEEP OUR SKILLS
AND TRAINING LEVEL.” “IT’S IMPORTANT TO HAVE
COMMUNICATION AND TEAM WORK BASIS GOING ON. ANY SORT OF HICCUP IN
COMMUNICATION CAN DELAY PATIENT CARE SO WHEN WE GO
OUT ON A RUN WE NEED TO BE ABLE TO COMMUNICATE.” BY WORKING AND TRAINING
ALONGSIDE EACH OTHER BOTH U.S. AND JAPANESE FORCES
IMPROVE THEIR ABILITY TO WORK TOGETHER DURING
A REAL EMERGENCY. PETTY OFFICER
SONJA WICKWARD, YOKOSUKA NAVAL
BASE, JAPAN.

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