*First broadcast on November 9, 2023. Wildfires are becoming more frequent and residential fires are posing new challenges. Japan is responding to this evolving reality by developing new firefighting technologies, such as water-free fire engines, AI-powered robots, and self-extinguishing building materials. Around the country, official fire departments are supported by volunteer firefighters, but as societal norms change the number of volunteers is dropping. We introduce the latest from the world of Japanese firefighting.
In Japan, a 1932 department store fire inspired the development of fire trucks with ladders
There are volunteer fire associations across the country, and the number of female members is on the rise
Young firefighters learn how to deal with fires in different situations