03/17/11 137 W, 3 I - + 11 - 7 Fire and Police Apparatus in Japan

News coverage of Japan's nuclear reactor problems cite water cannons being used, including police units and military fire units. Google image searching finds precious few photos of apparatus either on scene or of the special type being used. This television image shows an 8x8 airport unit alongside a regular pumper. Note the size difference! Click to enlarge:

And this is a police water cannon unit, photographed at an earlier time. Fuso chassis with certainly a remote controlled deluge gun. Note the screens over the windows. This picture originates at japanese-trucks.com, original photographer unknown. Click to slightly enlarge:

And away from the nuclear plants, here's a contingent of heavy rescue trucks traveling through a destroyed area. Photo from earth-issues.com, original credit unknown. Click to enlarge:

Another neat picture showing apparatus staged at a scene: http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2011..

Linked from this slideshow, http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/..
Legeros - 03/18/11 - 07:09

You know, given the ability of firefighters to solve the world’s problems while sitting around the kitchen table, I’ll betcha American firefighting experts could help Japanese firefighters with getting, flowing, and aiming water into the cooling pools that are the reported issue at present. It will be interesting to see the solutions that appear, as aid and expertise joins the, um, pool of talent on scene.
Legeros - 03/18/11 - 07:12

Google “Chernobyl Firefighters” and “Chernobyl Liquidators”....VERY interesting read.

And I agree with Michio Kaku, entomb the thing, get it over with, keep it from hurting people. Theres nothing left to save.
Jake T. - 03/19/11 - 00:55

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