eszra01 asked in TravelAsia PacificJapan · 7 years ago

Research on Japan Fire Fighters?

So I'm doing research in to Japanese Fire Fighters for a story. I know anime and manga tend to miss lead things with comedy and stuff, plus there's only one Firefighting manga out there that I know of and I can only find a small portion of it.

SO my questions are, if anyone can give me something anything on the daily life of a Japanese Fireman living in Tokyo.

My character is young out of university and married young in his 20's, so is his wife, no children. So I'm really looking for some good information to help this story out.

I know that they do have family apartments for firefighters but I don't think it's all stations.

Really what I'm looking for is about schedule's and daily routines and things. Shift changes, time off, things like that. OH and average salary too. Just as much information I can get really.


Leftcoast USA that's fantastic! WOW! If you come back to peak at this then do you by chance know anything about the living arrangements? I know I about Family Apartments but I'm not sure really how it goes. If it's assigned or if the senior officers get first dibs? Also by chance how big are they maybe?

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  • 7 years ago
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    Most fire fighters start out of high school, so a college grad fire fighter has the awkward start of calling colleagues younger than him with more experience senpai, while possibly getting better pay. The way out of that is to take promotion exams so you're in command ranks.

    I think you know about fire fighter ranks. Since the fire department is a municipal service, the top chief reports to the mayor. I think in the US, there are 5-star chiefs, but in Japan, the ranks top out at 4 stars. Tokyo is an exception with a fire agency whose jurisdiction is the whole prefecture.

    Each fire department is probably different, but a typical schedule would be 24 hours on duty, 2 days off duty, repeat. A shift would typically start around 8am. If there's no alarm to respond to, the day would be consumed with meetings, inspecting equipments, and training. It is very similar to a US fire fighter's day, with likely similar work culture.

    One big difference at a Japanese fire department from a US one is that the ambulance is also at the fire department. So the ambulance driver and EMT are colleagues with the fire fighters under the same roof. The emergency call number is 119 for fire and ambulance. Police is 110. Every kid knows that, but adults forget.

    You also wanted to know about Japanese fire fighter pay. It's likely different between a small town fire brigade fire fighter and a Tokyo fire fighter, but a high school grad might have a starting monthly salary of 150,000 yen, while a college grad might have 200,000 yen. A college grad tends to get higher pay raises and earlier qualifications at taking promotion exams, so a high school grad would be forever playing catch up, when it comes to pay.

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  • Anonymous
    3 years ago

    I have been surfing the internet more than two hours today seeking the answer to the same question, yet I haven't found any interesting debate like this. it's pretty worth enough for me.

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  • 3 years ago

    I was interested in the answer too

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