Category Archives: Fire fighters

From Sendai to St Ives North

I have been a volunteer fire fighter here in Australia for 37 years. For the last 9 years I have worked for the NSW Rural Fire Service. Around 5 years ago by chance I became involved in disaster resilience education … Continue reading

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2:46pm, March 11, Kakunodate, Akita Prefecture

2:46pm today was the fourth anniversary of the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami. As I make my way lazily toward Sendai for the United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) I wanted to take time out from my … Continue reading

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Return from self imposed exile. More travel awaits.

Its been a long time since my last post. Thanks for hanging in there, and bigger thanks to hundreds of you avid readers who urged me to return. And just at the right time! Exciting work, rest and play approaches … Continue reading

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Fire Station 21, Matsumoto, Japan

Originally posted on Having a ball in Japan:
Matsumoto Fire Station #21 covers Uchida and Kotobukidai areas south-east of Matsumoto CBD where 2,646 households and 6,357 residents are there. This cross-cultural exchange had been arranged via Yuri at the Matsumoto City Government…

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Top 5 posts about Japan

I got a Happy Anniversary notification from WordPress the other day – for 2 years of blogging. Has it actually been that long? With only 76 posts to my name, I can’t be labeled prolific. With dozens of draft posts … Continue reading

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Back on the blog

With dozens of stories to tell about Japan I have been making a concerted effort to regularly post. And I have been doing more reading and commenting on other’s posts. For a couple of months this was going fine, but … Continue reading

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The fraternity of fire fighters: Asakusa Fire Station

Saturday 12th May, 2012 I should not have been surprised that my volunteer translator was waiting in the foyer of the Toyoko Inn, Kuramae some 20 minutes before the arranged meeting time. Resplendant in a dark suit, and busily reading … Continue reading

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