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Tokyo fire department Alarm 5
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No: 21396   Contributor: Jacques Peter   Year: 2009   Country: Japan
Tokyo fire department Alarm 5

Tokyo Fire Department
Various pumpers
In action December 30, 2009
Asakusabashi - 5 Alarm fire
Picture added on 11 January 2010 at 11:36
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The pumper is right on top of the hydrant, using suction hose to set in, which is common practice in Japan. The black and white rear mounted pre-connected suction hose is just visible behind the pumper.

The tall round red sign indicates the hydrant location - standard everywhere in Japan and just possibly the most conspicuous way of showing a hydrant location anywhere!

As in other countries the fine for parking too close or obstructing a fire hydrant can be vicious, but fortunately Japanese drivers tend to be very law abiding....

One reason suctions are used is that in some areas there are no hydrants and water is supplied from underground cisterns, so all pumpers have to be ready to pump out their supply. Used with a hydrant, the larger diameter of the suction permits a higher flow volume than one or two regular 65 mm hoses would.

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