Investigation of Activities of Fire-Defences Headquarters after the Damage of the 2011 off the Pacific Coast of Tohoku Earthquake

Report Date: September 2013

This NRIFD report is an investigation into the fire defense response to the 2011 earthquake. Efficiency of the response was decreased due to widespread damage, loss of infrastructure, and preparedness for a following tsunami. The investigation reviews activities that worked well as well as problems and potential solutions for the future.

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  • National Research Institute of Fire and Disaster

    The research and development division undertakes research for supporting firefighting and disaster prevention activities by placing particular emphasis on such research themes as are demanding immediate attention or are desired strongly by society. The following five laboratories are organized for the purpose.

    • Large-Scale Fire Lab
    • Hazardous Materials Lab
    • Hazmat Facility Lab
    • Earthquake and Natural Disaster Lab
    • Special Disaster Lab

Araiba, Kiminori, Daisuke Kozeki, Kenichi Takanasi, Masafumi Hosokawa, and Shinsaku Zama. Investigation of Activities of Fire-Defences Headquarters after the Damage of the 2011 off the Pacific Coast of Tohoku Earthquake. Tokyo, Japan: Report of National Research Institute of Fire and Disaster, No. 115, p.28, 2013. Print.

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