In order to boost the security of living environment and the awareness of disaster prevention, a fire drill took place at International House of Hiroshima University on Sunday 19th October and 52 international students joined the drill. After an emergency alarm went off, a representative of international students made an emergency 119-call to a fire station and the others evacuated from the building promptly, using emergency stairs.
Under the guidance of Higashihiroshima Fire Station, they have learned how to take countermeasures in case of fire and EMS (Emergency Medical Services), along with learning ways of behavior in case of earthquakes and other natural disasters. In addition, they put fire-fighting into practice by using water fire extinguishers and learned how to use fire pumps.
At last, the participants enjoyed a test ride on a ladder truck up to the height of 36 meters from the ground as if they were on a real fire-fighting site.
Emergency call numbers and countermeasures against disasters vary in each country around the globe, and such fire drills are indispensable for international students. International House carries out a fire drill biannually, in April and October, and provides an opportunity for all residents to ensure their safety.
A participant using a water fire extinguisher
Participants riding on a ladder truck
Hiroshima University Student Services Group
Hiroshima University International House