Tokyo Fire Dept. Conducts Anti-Terror Drills ahead of Olympics

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Tokyo, Oct. 27 (Jiji Press)--The Tokyo Fire Department on Saturday conducted anti-terror drills participated by all of its 18,000 staff personnel, in the run-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

The drills, held under a scenario of bomb and chemical attacks, were aimed at strengthening communication and speeding up information-sharing among divisions at the fire authorities in the Japanese capital. It was the first time for the department to hold anti-terror drills joined by all staff members.

Venues for the drills included a sports facility, a shopping mall and a train station, as well as the famous Oi horse racecourse in Shinagawa Ward.

The drill at the racecourse, joined by some 2,700 staff members, was conducted on the assumption that about 1,500 people were killed or injured in two bomb explosions. Participants practiced rescuing victims and triage, a process of deciding the priority of treating affected people according to the level of seriousness of their conditions.

"Some of the drills didn't go as smoothly as we had expected," Tatsuya Yuasa, chief of the fire department's second district headquarters covering Shinagawa and neighboring Ota Ward, said after the drills. "We'll examine the latest drills and conduct more exercises," he added.

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