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S E C T I O N 2 Stories about people and events in the community. AL SO INSIDE C A LE N DA R 28 |RE A L E S TAT E ■ March 28, 2012 30 | C L AS S I F I E D S 37 After the fall A year after the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Japanese firefighters are back in Menlo Park honing their skills at disaster response Almanac photos and reporting by Michelle Le A group of Japanese firefighters was in Menlo Park last week to receive training from one of the Bay Area’s elite disaster-response agencies. A little more than a year after Japan’s earthquake and tsunami disaster, eight Japanese firefighters were practicing basic search-and-rescue skills at a training facility operated by the California Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 3. Since 2003, Japan has sent small groups of firefighters for weeklong training sessions with Task Force 3, made up of fire and rescue personnel from 16 Bay Area agencies. It is one of 28 National Urban Search and Rescue teams, said Harold Schapelhouman, chief of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District. In March 2011, 12 Japanese fire personnel were in Menlo Park when the earthquake and tsunami devastated their home country. Chief Schapelhouman said it was an emotional experience trying to get the firefighters back to Japan to reconnect with Continued on next page At right: Battalion Chief Ben Marra of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District exchanges glances with Kohei Okita, while Hiroshi Nishio records Mr. Marra’s game plan for the next drill. Below: Japan Task Force members learn how to lift “victim” Hiroyuki Hayakawa out of the window of an overturned bus during an earthquake response drill. March 28, 2012 N The Almanac N25

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