February 16, 2012
The 35th Iwate prefectural speech contest by the firefighters was held in Morioka-shi, Iwate Prefecture on February 15.
Nine of each representatives of the 12 fire-fighting headquarters made a speech on the theme related to the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011.
They spoke how they have felt desperately when engaging in the relief activity in the hometown which was in the annihilation state, while being unable to contact their own family.
They appealed how important it was for them to stand by the disaster victims as a firefighter, and to tell people the importance of the disaster prevention education for less disaster damage, etc.
SENDA Teruyuki (25) who won the highest award spoke about the rescue of Deaf people in an emergency that he has contemplated while attending the sign language circle.
He will participate in the Fire Chiefs' Association of Japan northeast branch speech contest by the firefighters which is scheduled in Fukushima Prefecture in April.
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