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25 April 2017

Tokyo Fire Department’s New Testing Room Simulates Extremes of Temperature

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For firefighters, dealing with extremes of temperature is an unavoidable part of the job, but short of actually setting a building ablaze it can be difficult to accurately simulate such conditions for training purposes. Now, Tokyo Fire Department seems to have navigated around that issue, unveiling on April 20th their brand new testing facility in which both scorching heat and bitter cold can be artificially created.

Located at the department's Fire Technology and Safety Laboratory in Shibuya Ward, the 14-square-metre room is the first of its kind in the country. Within the specially-created test room, the temperature can be dropped as low as -20°C or raised as high as 80°C, allowing firefighters to prepare themselves for the struggles they are sure to face whilst going about their job.

The humidity is also variable, with a possible range of 10-80%. On top of all that, the facility also includes lights designed to simulate the sun, sophisticated freezing equipment, and a strong infrared light used to recreate the conditions of a fire.

The room, which was completed back in March, cost a hefty 100 million yen (approx. £717,223) to develop and build.

The facility will now be used as previously mentioned to train firefighters in extreme conditions, but that’s not its only purpose. The facility will also be used to conduct research on countermeasures for heatstroke in preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.

A representative for the Tokyo Fire Department stated, “We would like to use this facility for the prevention of heatstroke for the citizens of Tokyo and for the safety of our firefighters.”

Sam Bonson

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