05/29/07 42 W, 1 I - + 27 - 22 Japanese Apparatus

As blogged on an earlier posting, here are some links to galleries of Japanese fire apparatus: Tokyo Fire Department (four galleries), Morita (manufacturer), Nagano (manufacturer), Nikki (manufacturer), a buff's gallery and another buff's gallery.

Why so much heavy equipment, such as cranes, excavators, and such? For moving rubble after earthquakes. Same for motorcycles, which can easily navigate rubble-strewn streets. (That’s my understanding, at least. They are BIG on disaster preparedness in Japan.)
Legeros - 05/29/07 - 17:54

lots of mountains – lots of landslides – lots of earthquakes and there are frequent highway and road closures as a result – you will see mountains with nearly vertical drops – walls of stone held by wire – also, many roads are so narrow that if there is a boulder collapse, the whole town is isolated and many of these roads would not be passable with a normal vehicle, let alone a truck – the highway system is very good though – at every rest stop, you will see a national map highlighting all road closures, traffic conditions etc – as for residential neighborhoods, the old neighborhoods are the most dangerous since the houses are very close together and many old timers still heat with kerosene – you live with the potential for great disaster there every day – the heavy equipment there looks like miniaturized versions of what we have here, since they would not be able to navigate the roads otherwise – also, many narrow roads have no barriers, so you’ll be inches away from falling into the rice paddy – it’s even worse if you have a disaster in the mountains with a 3000ft nearly vertical drop and a tiny 1 ft high street barrier as protection!
[tarheelcanary] (Email) - 05/29/07 - 18:50

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