Greetings from Yokohama-City

The 32nd International Fire Chiefs’ Association of Asia (IFCAA) General Conference will be held in Yokohama city for the 3 day period of June 6 to 8, 2022. It is a great honor for us to host the conference in Yokohama for the first time since the founding of IFCAA in 1960. I would like to extend a warm welcome to all the fire chiefs and others involved in firefighting from 19 countries and 3 regions in Asia and Oceania.

Last year marked the 10th anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake—a disaster which caused tremendous damage and the loss of many precious lives. Next year will mark the 100th anniversary of the Great Kanto Earthquake.
I feel it is our duty here in Japan to pass on the memories and lessons learned from Japan’s experiences of earthquake disasters to the next generation, and to share them with everyone involved in firefighting both in Japan and overseas.
The theme of the general conference is the future of fire and disaster prevention post-COVID-19.
My sincere hope for the conference is that participants can share their experiences, knowledge and skills in responding to disasters and responding to infectious diseases, and can engage in fruitful discussions.

Yokohama is a safe and comfortable port town where tradition and cosmopolitanism coexist in harmony and where local hospitality abounds.
We will ensure that all possible measures for the control of infectious disease are taken so that everyone can participate in the conference with peace of mind. I very much look forward to welcoming you all here in Yokohama in June 2022!

Mayor of the City of Yokohama

Greetings from IFCAA President

I am delighted to inform you of the 32nd IFCAA General Conference which will take place in Yokohama, Japan. Here I would like to extend my greetings to all my colleagues in Asia, Oceania and other parts of the world.

Natural disasters have been claiming lives and depriving people of their fortune, with earthquakes, rains, typhoons and volcanos playing havoc with the world.

In addition, the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has been affecting a vast number of nations. We are being caught in an unprecedented crisis.

Amid this omnipresent threat, fire chiefs and other life safety experts are expected to renew their efforts to accomplish their high mission, going hand in hand with each other on the global level to protect lives and property from disasters.

This Yokohama Conference will attract fire department leaders and emergency responders from Asia, Oceania and other areas, and importantly let them share professionalism to seek the solutions to their common challenges. I am assured that this 2022 assembly will greatly contribute to the further development of the fire and emergency services industry.

I wish for the participation of a large number of delegations there.

I am looking forward to seeing you at the IFCAA 2022 Yokohama.

SHIMIZU, Hirofumi
Chief, Tokyo Fire Department (TFD)
President, International Fire Chiefs’ Association of Asia (IFCAA)

Welcome message from the Chairperson

It is a great honor to host the 32nd International Fire Chiefs’ Association of Asia General Conference (IFCAA 2022 YOKOHAMA) for the first time in Yokohama City, and to welcome many firefighting professionals from both Japan and other countries and regions in Asia and Oceania.
Since the opening of its port in 1859, Yokohama has maintained strong relationships with various parts of Asia and Oceania, developing as one of Japan’s leading trading cities and as a “port” through which many different people, goods and things come and go. More than 36 million people visit Yokohama annually, drawn to a wide variety of tourist attractions such as Yokohama Chinatown, Sankeien Garden and other popular tourist spots, as well as large-scale sporting facilities such as Yokohama Stadium, which was used for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

In recent years, due to the effects of climate change and other factors, a steady spate of natural disasters, such as torrential localized rains, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and Tsunamis, has been occurring on a global scale, including in Asia and Oceania, resulting in the loss of many precious lives and much property. In such circumstances, there is community expectation that firefighting services will perform a significant role in protecting the safety and security of the local community. I am very confident that holding IFCAA 2022 will bring together many firefighting professionals from Japan and overseas to exchange knowledge, experiences and information on the various issues around firefighting, which will be extremely meaningful and contribute greatly to firefighting administration in each country and region.

The Yokohama Fire Bureau looks forward to welcoming you all and meeting with IFCAA members and many others from disaster prevention organizations.

Lastly, I extend my best wishes that the conference is meaningful and fruitful and that all participants gain a lot from it.

Fire Chief, Yokohama Fire Bureau (YFB)
IFCAA 2022 YOKOHAMA Executive Committee Chair