Saturday, January 6, 2018

Acrobatic Firemen

Members of the Edo Firemanship Preservation Association balance on top of bamboo ladders during a presentation in Tokyo on Saturday. Some 2,800 firefighters took part in the annual event. | AFP-JIJI

Ladder stunts wow crowds at traditional Tokyo firefighting event

The Japan Times  JIJI

The Tokyo Fire Department on Saturday held a new year event featuring traditional ladder stunts, simultaneous water shooting, firefighting drills and parades.

About 2,800 people participated in the dezomeshiki (literally “start working”) event at Tokyo Big Sight in Koto Ward, including firemen and registered volunteers. It featured about 150 fire engines, helicopters and fireboats.

Members of a traditional firefighting preservation group perform ladder stunts during the annual New Year's Fire Brigade Review in Tokyo Saturday. | AP 
Spectators were particularly impressed by the ladder stunts performed by members of the Edo Firemanship Preservation Association, as well as water jets shot by fireboats in five different colors in tribute to the upcoming Olympic Games, which Tokyo will host in 2020.

Dezomeshiki is designed to raise morale among firefighters and underscore the importance of disaster preparedness to the public.

Members of a traditional firefighting preservation group perform ladder stunts in Tokyo on Saturday. | AP
This year, the department demonstrated its response to nuclear, biological and chemical emergencies and conducted firefighting and rescue drills simulating a blaze in an area packed with wooden houses. A rescue team from Vietnam also took part, joining an exercise simulating rescues from a collapsed building.

Chief Kenichi Murakami said the department is determined to fully establish a disaster response system ahead of the Tokyo Games.

Dezomeshiki - Tokyo Fire Department Demonstration

Ronin Dave  Published on Mar 9, 2008 5 min. 42 sec. Every year in January just about all of Tokyo's fire departments throughout the area come together to put a demonstration with parades, rescue demos, and acrobatics from Japanese firefighters from ages past. Music by: Supergirl Juice

Japanese Fireman's Sport (1925)

British Pathé Published on Apr 13, 2014 1 min. 12 sec.

Item title reads - Japanese firemen's sports all excel at ladder drill and nearly every one is an acrobat. Hiroshima, Japan. L/S as two firemen climb up a ladder, they both turn upside down and hang from it. Others do more acrobatic tricks on ladders in the background. M/S of the two, one balances on the other's back and they hang off the ladder, he puts up a parasol. M/S as they do acrobatics and hang from the ladder on a rope with hoops on the end. M/S as one man balances on the back of the other man then falls off, the other catches him by his ankle. Then he does upside down balancing tricks on the rope and hoops the other man is holding. 
Note: there is another version of this item with the same title and footage which is tinted green. It is on *PM0378*. FILM ID:378.29 A VIDEO FROM BRITISH PATHÉ. EXPLORE OUR ONLINE CHANNEL, BRITISH PATHÉ TV. IT'S FULL OF GREAT DOCUMENTARIES, FASCINATING INTERVIEWS, AND CLASSIC MOVIES.

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