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A.D. 2014

Dec

28

The fire on Xingzhong Rd., Nangang Dist. caused 1 dead and 19 trapped were extricated.

 

13

The residential fire on Qingnian Rd., Wanhua Dist. caused 1 injured.

Nov

24

The residential fire on Sec. 4, Chengde Rd., Shilin Dist. caused 2 dead and 3 trapped were extricated.

Oct

27

The residential fire on Fuhua Rd., Shilin Dist. caused 1 dead.

Sep

29

Our department members attended the 12th Asia crisis management conference in Kuala Lumpur from 29th September to 3rd October.

 

20

The Emergency Operation Center for Typhoon FUNG-WONG was initiated from 20:00 on 20th to 06:00 on 22nd.

 

20

The promotion activities of “National Disaster Reduction Day” were hold in The Taipei Expo Park..

Jul

26

Taipei city urban search and rescue team was invited to “2014 Synthetic Disaster Prevention and Rescue Drill” by Tokyo Metropolis.

 

24

“Heart Bus” was officially announced.

 

22

The Emergency Operation Center for Typhoon MATMO was initiated from 10:00 on 22nd to 18:00 on 23rd.

 

20

The Drill of Gas Utilities and Oil Pipeline Disaster Prevention and Response was hold on Xinhu 1st and 2nd Rd., Neihu Dist.

 

19

The Emergency Operation Center for flood disaster was initiated from 16:45 to 18:30.

Jun

28

The gas explosion on Fude St., Xinyi Dist. caused 2 injured.

May

20

The Emergency Operation Center for flood disaster level 2 was initiated from 23:30 on 20th to 04:30 on 21st

Mar

30

The residential fire on Tanmei St., Neihu Dist. caused 1 injured.

 

27

The fire in the basement on Sec. 2, Ren’ai Rd., Zhongzheng Dist. caused 1 firefighter dead and 4 firefighters injured.

 

10

The annual disaster prevention drills were held in Dajia Riverside Park, Minquan Park, and Taipei Municipal Minquan Elementary School.

 

7

The residential fire on Sec. 3, Zhongxiao E. Rd., Da’an Dist. caused 2 dead.

Feb

25

“Taipei City Disaster Prevention App” was officially offered to download on Android devices and added upgrade functions including “the Immediate Information on Disasters”, “1991 Message Board”, and “Information Centre”.

 

17

Our department with the departments in 5 other cities and counties and Shizuoka Prefecture signed the disaster areas of mutual support agreement.

 

14

The residential fire on Tanmei St., Neihu Dist. caused 1 injured.

Jan

29

The residential fire on Danan Rd., Shilin Dist. caused 1 injured.

 

18

“119 Disaster Reduction Promotional Activities” in which the CPR interactional learning system called “iCPR” was officially released.

 

17

Chinese Association of Fire protection donated 10 thousand residential fire alarms in the 119 firefighter’s festival to popularize.

 

14

The residential fire on Sec. 2, Xiyuan Rd., Wanhua Dist. caused 1 injured.

 

14

The initiating ceremony for the Datong Station Reconstructed building.

 

5

The residential fire on Sec. 6, Zhongxiao E. Rd., Nangang Dist. caused 1 injured.

A.D. 2013

Dec

29

Residential fire at Kangle Street. in Neihu District caused 2 dead.

 

10

The number of visitors over years at Fire Safety Museum of Taipei City Fire Department has reached a million.

Nov

25

Residential fire at Sec. 6, Minquan E. Rd. in Neihi District caused 1 injured.

 

16

Residential fire at Sec. 1, Hangzhou S. Rd. in Zhongzheng District caused 1 injured.

   
   

Sep

11

Printed out a million copies of Disaster Prevention Manual and distributed them to every household.

 

4

Residential fire at Sec. 3, Xinsheng S. Rd. in Da’an District caused 3 injured and 1 dead.

Aug

31

Taipei City Fire Department set up an Emergency Operation Center for 0831 Flood at 10 PM and closed it at 5 AM on Sept. 1st.

 

28

Taipei City Fire Department set up an Emergency Operation Center for Typhoon Kong-rey and closed it at 5:30 PM on Aug. 29th.

 

23

Taipei City Fire Department set up an Emergency Operation Center for 0823 Flood at 2 PM and closed it at 7:30 PM on the same day.

 

20

Taipei City Fire Department set up an Emergency Operation Center for Typhoon Trami at 2 PM and closed it at 7:30 AM on Aug. 22nd.

   

Jul

11

Taipei City Fire Department set up an Emergency Operation Center for Typhoon Soulik at 2 PM and closed it at 11 PM on Jul. 13th.

 

5

Residential fire at Xining S. Rd. in Wanhua District caused 2 dead.

May

11

Taipei City Fire Department set up an Emergency Operation Center for 0511 Flood at 7:45 AM and closed it at 11 AM.

Mar

3

Residential fire at Sec.1, Zhongyang S. Rd. in Beitou District caused 1 dead.

   
   

 

   
   

1

Residential fire at Zhuangjing Rd. in Xinyi District caused 1 dead.

 

1

Ying-wen Hsiau retired as the fifth Commissioner of Taipei City Fire Department; he was succeeded by Mao-wei Liao, commissioner of Fire Bureau, Hsinchu City.

Feb

20

Residential fire at Sec.1, Nanjing E. Rd. in Zhongshan District caused 2 dead.

Jan

20

A fire at the guest house of JihSun Bank on Fuxing 3rd Rd. in Beitou District caused 1 dead.

A.D. 2012

Dec

13

A car drove by a drunk driver crashed into an ambulance resulted in 2 paramedic injured.

Nov

28

Residential fire at Heping W. Rd. in Zhongzheng district caused 1 dead.

Oct

26

A fire at CtiTV studio left no dead and injured.

Sep

   
   

27

Taipei City Fire Department set up an Emergency Operation Center for Typhoon Jelawat at 8 PM.

Aug

31

A fire in restaurant at Dexing E. Rd. in Shilin district caused 1 injured.

 

29

A fire in temple at sec. 3 Zhishan Rd. in Shilin district caused 1 injured and 6 dead.

 

27

Taipei City Fire Department set up an Emergency Operation Center for Typhoon Tembin at 2 PM.

 

27

Taipei City Fire Department set up an Emergency Operation Center for Typhoon Tembin at 8 AM.

Jul

31

Taipei City Fire Department set up an Emergency Operation Center for Typhoon Saola at 11 AM.

     
     

 

10

17th year anniversary for Taipei City Fire Department ceremony.

 

6

Residential fire at Changshun St. in Wanhua district caused 1 dead.

Jun

26

Taipei City Fire Department set up an Emergency Operation Center for 0626 Flood at 2:30 PM and closed it at 4:30 PM.

 

19

Taipei City Fire Department set up an Emergency Operation Center for Typhoon Talim at 10 AM and closed it at 8 AM on Jun. 21st.

 

   
   

16

Taipei City Fire Department set up an Emergency Operation Center for 0616 Flood at 2:45 PM and closed it at 7 AM on June 17th.

 

14

Disaster Prevention Mobile APP published.

   
   

 

12

Taipei City Fire Department set up an Emergency Operation Center for 0612 Flood at 7:30 AM and closed it at 11:30 PM.

 

6

Songjiang Fire Station renovation began.

 

4

Established “Taipei City Management Guidelines of High-Rise Building Disaster Prevention Center and Underground Building Administrative Office”.

May

23

A deaf-mute person reported an incident through 119 fax and was be able to save one person from dead.

 

10

Established “Taipei City Fire Prevention Autonomous Legislation” standards.

     
     

 

7

Coach buses was on fire after the crash and this accident caused 30 injured and 2 dead in Hsuehshan Tunnel.

Apr

28

A fire near Zhengzhou Rd. in Datong district caused 2 injured and 3 dead.

 

20

Established “Taipei City Fire Department Operation Guidelines of Regular Maintenance of Fire Safety Equipments in Specific Places”.

 

11

Established “Taipei City Inspection Guidelines of Lighting and Stereo Equipments in Bars or Clubs”.

 

   
   

9

Bromine Pentafluoride corroded in the Academia Sinica and no one is injured or dead.

 

   
   

1

1 Residential fire at Wende Rd. in Neihu district caused one dead.

Jan

31

Fire at BBQ restaurant at Sec. 1 Dunhua S. Rd. in Da’an district caused 4 injured.

 

28

Carbon monoxide poisoning in a house caused 2 injured.

 

24

Residential fire at Gongguan Rd. in Beitou district caused one dead.

 

5

Residential fire at Sec. 4 Chengde Rd. in Shilin district caused 1 injured.

 

4

Established 4th Advanced Life Support unit at Jianguo Station.

     
     

A.D. 2011

Dec

19

A fire at Zhongsheng Market at night left no injured.

 

7

A fire left one injured at Lane 8, Heshun St.

 

2

A 26-year-old female tried to commit suicide at Sec. 3, Xinsheng N. Rd. After firefighters’ 4-hour coordination, the woman was successfully saved from a parapet.

Nov

30

A lorry crashed into a tow truck at the intersection of Minquan E. Rd. and Chenggong Rd. The injured were rescued and hospitalized after firefighters destroyed the vehicles.

 

25

A fire at the restaurant on Lane 280, Guangfu S. Rd. left no injured.

 

21

Mr. Jia-yi You, chief of the Information Systems Division, participated in First Responder Forum held by FutureGov in Singapore on behalf of Taipei City Fire Department.

 

17

A fire at Ln. 790, Sec. 5, Guangfu S. Rd. left no injured.

 

4

A fire at Ln. 423, Zhuangjing Rd. left 3 injured.

 

3

Taipei 101 conducted the training of office building’s earthquake drill and disaster preparedness.

 

2

A fire at 4F, Sec.1, Chengde Rd. left 1 injured.

Oct

26

The Taipei City Fire Department cooperated with Tri-Service General Hospital and Taiwan Society of Emergency Medicine to organize 2011 Seminar of Prehospital Emergency Care, attracting more than 400 people, focusing on the issues of current condition of prehospital emergency care, future visions and first aid equipments.

 

25

Led by Mr. Yong-an Chen, 5 members of the rescue team of Taipei City was invited by Japan for the fifth time to attend 2011 Disaster Preparedness of Tokyo City from Oct. 25 to 30.

 

19

A fire at Sec. 6, Minquan E. Rd. left one injured.

 

8

The Taipei City Fire Department held the exhibition of Community’s Disaster Prevention Plans at Taipei University of Technology.

 

1

The Taipei City Fire Department’s rescue dog Pasha got A-level in IRO test from Oct.1 to 4.

Sep

27

The chief Mr. Jia-yi You and his assistant participated in the 9th Asian Crisis Management Conference held by Asian Network of Major Cities in Seoul from Sep. 27 to 28.

 

17

A fire at the touring cars of Taipei City Zoo left no injured.

 

16

Due to the deterioration of the epidemic of dengue fever, the emergency operation center (EOC) was launched on a Level-2 alert at 2 p.m. and closed at 5 p.m. on Sep. 27.

 

10

The Taipei City Fire Department held a disaster prevention promotion at Shilin Main Presidential Residence.

 

9

Cooperating with Industrial Development Bureau’s Taipei World Design Expo, the Taipei City Fire Department had disaster preparedness in three expo plazas (Songshan Cultural & Creative Park, Nankang Exhibition Hall, TWTC Exhibition Hall 1).

 

1

A billboard of earthquake preparedness guidance was set on the east side of Taipei City Government from Sep. 1 to 30.

Aug

30

The Taipei City Fire Department conducted the drill of earthquake preparedness and emergency rescue at Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Nanxi branch.

 

30

The Taipei City Fire Department held the drill of earthquake preparedness and emergency rescue at SOGO Department Store.

 

22

The Taipei City Fire Department evaluated the preparation of 12 districts’ Disaster Prevention Parks.

 

19

A fire at Macao Bridge, Yangmingshan burned 1500 square feet of grass.

 

15

The Taipei City Fire Department conducted the drill of earthquake preparedness and emergency rescue at Breeze Center, Songshen district.

 

6

The Taipei City Fire Department held the promotion of community disaster prevention at Nankang Public Housing.

 

5

The emergency operation center of Typhoon Muifa was launched on a Level-2 alert from 10 a.m. Aug. 5 to 8 a.m Aug. 8. There was no disaster caused.

 

3

A fire at Yanping N. Rd. left 7 burned houses and no injured.

Jul

31

The reorganization of the Secretariat of the Taipei City Government went into effect: the Spokesperson's Office was renamed the Media Affairs Division of the Secretariat; the Taipei City Disaster Prevention Center was rechristened the Taipei City Fire Department.

 

21

The Taipei City Fire Department conducted the drill of earthquake preparedness and emergency rescue at Lake Square Department Store.

 

8

Celebration of the 16th anniversary of Taipei City Fire Department and the donation ceremony of ambulances. There were 12 ambulances donated.

 

5

The Taipei City Fire Department arranged a fire safety camp for children at Fire Safety Museum.

 

2

Ambassador Theatre on Chengdu Rd. was on fire and put off within an hour. Nobody was injured.

 

2

In cooperation with Da'an District Office, the Taipei City Fire Department ran a fire prevention campaign and road running activity at Da'an Forest Park.

Jun

30

The Taipei City Fire Department conducted a fire drill at Shihlin Temporary Market.

 

21

A woman committed charcoal-burning suicide in Jinxi St., Ximending, intoxicating three roommates in the same floor.

 

18

The Taipei City Fire Department ran a disaster prevention campaign at Zhongyuan Village, Zhongshen District.

 

12

To enhance the collaboration between Taipei City Fire Department and rescue teams, the Taipei City Fire Department sent the chief of the training center and a team member to participate in International City Rescue Training in Singapore from June 12 to 25.

 

1

A billboard of typhoon preparedness guidance was set on the north side of Taipei City Government from June 1 to 30.

May

31

A fire at United Daily News Building on Sec.4, Zhongxiao E. Rd. left no injured.

 

21

The Taipei City Fire Department launched a disaster prevention activity at the tourist service center of Taipei Water Park, promoting an emergency kit, disaster prevention park, disaster prevention map and 1991 Safety Bulletin Board.

 

13

De-xuan, Hong and Yang-shan, Zhou, commissioners of Control Yuan, inspected EOC of Taipei City Fire Department.

 

8

The Taipei City Fire Department arranged a promotion of community disaster prevention at Yongji Market, Xinyi District.

Apr

25

The Taipei City Fire Department sent two trainers and rescue dogs to assist in the disaster prevention drill of Hsinchiu City (Wan’an NO.34).

 

23

The Taipei City Fire Department conducted an activity of disaster prevention at Fu’an Station, Shihlin District.

 

10

2010 Taipei City Disaster Prevention Booklet was completed and distributed to each unit.

Mar

27

The Taipei City Fire Department arranged a promotion of community disaster prevention at Zhongyan Park, Nankang District.

 

26

To enhance the fire prevention ability of the factories in Shenzi, located in area with insufficient water, the Taipei City Fire Department arranged a fire rescuing drill.

 

16

A delegate of the Disaster Prevention Bureau of Brazil Ministry of the National Integration visited the EOC of Taipei City Fire Department.

 

14

Seven rescue specialists from the Taipei City Fire Department joined hands with the National FireAgency, Ministry of the Interior, the New Taipei City and Tainan City to form a 28-member rescue teamand flew to Japan for disaster relief efforts. Their mission ended on March 19.

 

11

The earthquake in Japan caused tsunami. The EOC of Taipei City Fire Department was launched on a Level-2 alert from 4:30 p.m. to 6:40 p.m.

 

2

A fire at VOLVO Vehicle Maintenance Plant on Songjiang Rd. left 11 burned cars and no injured.

Feb

20

A fire at an apartment on Sec. 1, Chang'an E. Rd. left 2 injured.

 

7

A gas explosion at a dumpling store on Minsheng W. Rd. left 5 injured.

 

4

A fire at the military housings on Sec. 2, Hangzhou S. Rd. left no injured.

 

4

A fire at the brick wooden houses on Aiguo E. Rd. left no injured.

Jan

28

The Taipei City Fire Department conducted a drill of fire rescuing for Chinese New Year at Grand Victoria Hotel.

 

26

The Taipei City Fire Department arranged a drill of fire rescuing for Chinese New at Carrefour Dongxing Branch.

 

25

The Taipei City Fire Department held a drill of fire rescuing for Chinese New at SOGO Department Store Zhongxia Branch.

 

19

The celebration of 119 Fire Prevention Day and the ceremony of Gold Dragon Award.

 

18

The Taipei City Fire Department conducted a drill of fire rescuing at the showroom of Cirque du Soleil.

 

10

The Taipei City Fire Department promoted 2011 Lunar Year Festival Fire Prevention Drill in Dihua St.

A.D. 2010

Dec

27

To mark the centenary of R.O.C., the Taipei City Fire Department launched a limited-edition calendar entitled “Keeping Alive the Century-Old Firefighting Heritage”, which were all distributed by December 29th.

 

26

At the natural gas base at Shezi, a faulty electro-magnetic valve led to an excessive level of gas odorant that sparked a panic. Fortunately, no one was injured.

 

21-22

A hands-on fire drill took place at MRT Taipei City Hall Station, where firefighters were braced for new-year countdowns by familiarizing themselves with the team formations.

 

19

The building that houses the Chengde Station of Taipei City Fire Department was inaugurated.

 

14

After an overnight search operation failed at 3:00 a.m., the city’s police and fire personnel found a missing man in his 80s, with the personal information provided by his family being the only clue, around 11:00 a.m. at Yangmingshan’s Che-deng-jiao Bridge after a re-operation.

 

13

With the all-out support from a telecom service provider, a missing suicidal man based in Wenshan District was found on a hiking trail and rushed to hospital.

 

8

Firefighters evacuated 30 students from a swimming-pool fire in Yucheng Park.

Oct

22

After Typhoon Megi struck the Suhua Highway in Yilan County, Taipei City International Rescue Team sent 70 rescuers, 2 rescue dogs, vehicles and rescue equipment to perform relief works from Oct. 22nd to Nov. 3rd at the site of the collapsed highway.

 

22

Taipei City International Rescue Team sent 7 members, 2 rescue dogs and 2 vehicles in a relief effort around the 114K section of Suhua Highway.

 

22

The city’s Hydraulic Engineering Office deployed 8 four-inch water pumps, 11 rescuers and 4 trucks to help alleviate flood waters in Yilan’s Suau region.

 

21

Typhoon Megi left the entire Yilan area seriously flooded. Taipei City Fire Department sent a rescue mission consisting of 10 rubber rafts, 8 fire engines, 1 fire department’s vehicle and 53 volunteer policemen/firefighters to Yilan County. 52 people were rescued and more than 100 evacuated in an effort that lasted from late evening on October 21st to 3:00 p.m. the next afternoon.

 

21

At 6:00 p.m., Taipei City set up Emergency Operations Centers for Typhoon Megi based on a Level-2 alert (which was upgraded to Level-1 5 hours later) and closed them at 9:00 p.m., Oct. 22nd.

 

18-20

A Japanese official in charge of disaster response named Shiraishi Masahiro, the Deputy Director to the Counselor, Cabinet Secretariat, visited Taipei City Emergency Operations Center for a seminar on evacuation plans for massive floods.

 

7-15

The rescue dog unit of Taipei City International Rescue Team attended a national seminar on rescue dog assessment at Kaohsiung City's rescue dog training center, where the Taipei-trained rescue dog Tanya passed the Level-B (high level) test of International Rescue Dog (IRO) Testing Standards.

 

1

Taipei City Fire Department started supporting the emergency center of Taipei International Flora Expo.

 

1

To celebrate the 300th life saved from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) by the Golden Phoenix Emergency Medical Service Team between June 1, 1999 and September 31, President Ma Ying-jeou and Taipei City Mayor Hau Lung-bin co-hosted a thanksgiving event entitled “Seeing the Power and Hope of Rebirth: Taipei Loves You”.

 

1

To avoid carbon monoxide poisoning, the District HQs held a campaign between Oct. 1, 2010 and Mar. 31, 2011 to improve women’s awareness of fire safety, with firefighters and volunteers visiting each household to examine if the water heaters were correctly installed, among other safety issues.

Sep

21

In the 3rd-stage Typhoon Fanapi relief mission, the city’s Hydraulic Engineering Office sent 12 water pumps, 2 trucks, 2 nine-passenger vans and 11 rescuers to alleviate basement flood waters in Benhe Village, Sanmin District, Kaohsiung City.

 

20

Typhoon Fanapi left southern Taiwan heavily flooded. Taipei City sent a 1st-stage rescue mission that consisted of 23 rescuers, 34 mini pumps and vehicles to the hard-hit Kaohsiung City, followed by a 2nd-stage mission that involved 19 rescuers and 16 mini pumps.

 

18

At midnight, Taipei City set up Emergency Operations Centers for Typhoon Fanapi based on a Level-2 alert (which was upgraded to Level-1 8 hours later) and closed them at 8:00 a.m., September 20th.

 

18

An earthquake rescue drill took place in Jinghua Park in Wenshan District, along with a disaster prevention awareness campaign and a drill for the Disaster Prevention Parks.

 

17

To mark the 10th anniversary of Taipei City International Rescue Team, the Red Cross Society of The Republic of China on September 17th and 18th conducted a multi-location drill at the Nantou County Training Center of National Fire Agency, Ministry of the Interior. A total of 97 volunteers were mobilized in the drill.

 

17-18

The 8th Asian Crisis Management Conference took place at Grand Hotel. Among the 80 attendees were 18 representatives of 6 Asian cities (Taipei, Tokyo, Seoul, Singapore, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur), central-level disaster relief units of the Taiwan government, regional partners of 8 counties/cities in northern Taiwan, and local colleges.

 

11

Taipei City Fire Department sent 6 command vehicles, 4 fire engines, 7 ambulances, and 41 rescuers to a car accident scene 50 meters downhill from the hiking trail on Neihu’s Bishan Rd., rushing 12 victims to the hospital.

Aug

31

Bracing for Typhoon Namtheun, Taipei City set up Emergency Operations Centers at midnight, Aug. 31st based on a Level-1 alert across all districts and closed them 18 hours later. The city mayor called the first Disaster Prevention Meeting at 11:20 a.m. on the same day. While falling roadside trees accounted for the largest part of the 56 emergency reports received during the typhoon period, the relief efforts involved 512 personnel dispatches and 100 trips of rescue vehicles.

 

28

A fire broke out in an empty wooden house on Xiamen St.; no casualties were reported.

 

26-27

The Yangmingshan National Park Administration, Yangmingshan National Park Police Brigade under the National Parks Police Corps, Yangming Water Purification Plant, and the First Air Force Command Center jointly launched a hands-on drill for mountain fire rescue at the parking lot of Yangmingshan’s Xiaoyoukeng Visitor Center.

 

25-30

Taipei City International Rescue Team sent a 6-member delegation to Tokyo for the 2010 Complicated Disaster Prevention Drill.

 

21

The city’s first bike rescue team and pit stop was established on Shezi Island to offer emergency help in bike accidents. Launched on the same day was the Fu-an Bikers’ Pit Stop (at Fuan Station), where cyclists could take a break and refuel their supplies.

 

21

The building that houses the Fuan Station of Taipei Fire Department was inaugurated.

 

9-10

An area-specific, hands-on fire drill took place in the underground strip mall at Taipei Main Station.

 

5

In a joint effort, police and fire personnel found 4 missing volunteer moms near Yangmingshan’s Qingtiangang area.

Jul

24

An-an the Elephant, the mascot of Taiwan’s emergency rescue efforts, was unveiled in the courtyard of Xinyi Viewshow Cinemas by Deputy Mayor Lin Jian-Yuan, who announced the winners of a corresponding children’s drawing contest.

 

14-15

Firefighters received a sign language training program, in hopes of improving services for the hearing impaired.

 

9

In the 10th floor auditorium, the Taipei City Fire Department unveiled the Second Generation 119 Crime-Reporting System for the Hearing-Impaired in a 15th anniversary event entitled “The 100th Anniversary of a Soaring Phoenix”, hosted by city mayor Hau Lung-Bin.

 

2

14 people were evacuated from a fire-stricken house made of corrugated iron sheets on Tingzhou Rd.; no casualties were reported.

Jun

28

A construction-site fire broke out on the 7th floor of Neihu District Administrative Center, leading to an evacuation of approximately 200 people; fortunately, no casualties were reported.

 

27

Firefighters evacuated 25 people and rescued 2 others from a fire-stricken rooftop addition on Neihu’s Tanmei St.

May

29

Over 100 people were evacuated in the early evening when a fire hit a mixed-used building near Renai Roundabout; no casualties were reported.

 

21

In its 2010 flood Prevention Plan jointly proposed with Taipei City, Taipei County, Taoyuan County and Kaohsiung County, NDPPC launched a drill based on the rainfall brought by Typhoon X, an imaginary disaster patterned after Typhoon Morakot. When the second-, third- and fourth-stage drills started on May 21st, Emergency Operations Centers were set up across Taipei City on Level-1 alert.

 

18

In the Taipei City Fire Department Training Center, a training session of Hsinchu County’s special rescue team took place simultaneously with the annual mobilization drill of Taipei City International Rescue Team. 71 rescuers participated in the joint event, including a 26-member special rescue team from Hsinchu County.

Apr

25

Taipei City International Rescue Team sent 26 rescuers, 2 rescue dogs, 5 rescue vehicles and various search/rescue devices in support of Keelung City Fire Department’s relief effort in the wake of a mountain slide on National Freeway 3.

 

21

For three consecutive days, the Taipei City International Rescue Team displayed disaster relief equipment and achievements in a realistic setting at SecuTech Expo 2010, held in TWTC Nangang Exhibition Hall.

 

21

A late-night fire hit a poorly maintained apartment on Sec. 2, Xiyuan Rd., leaving 2 dead and 3 injured, including a rescuer.

 

10

Taipei City Fire Department introduced “Fire Hero”, the country’s first disaster prevention-themed 3D online game.

Jan

15

A 33-member disaster relief mission consisting of members from Taipei City International Rescue Team, the Red Cross Society of The Republic of China and Tri-Service General Hospital arrived in Haiti in the wake of an earthquake.

A.D. 2009

Dec

24

Taipei City announced the Disaster Response Plan for Massive Typhoons.

 

20

In an annual onsite survey report on disaster prevention and response released by the cabinet-level National Rescue Command Center (NDPPC), Taipei City Government registered an impressive total score of 92.75 and was ranked first among Category A county/city governments. It was the only local government to receive an “excellent” rating, with terrific performance in the remaining categories.

Oct

19

Tanya from the Taipei City International Rescue Team became Taiwan’s first state-trained rescue dog to pass the Level-A test of International Rescue Dog (IRO) Testing Standards.

Sep

19

As part of an event that marked the 921 National Disaster Prevention Day, the country’s first drill for Disaster Prevention Parks took place at 7:00 p.m. in Da’an Forest Park and Chiang Kai-Shek’s Shilin Residence simultaneously. The drill lasted until 9:00 a.m. the next morning.

Aug

20

Taipei city’s Fire Investigation Laboratory became the country’s first fire authority to win the ISO/IEC 17025:2005 Laboratory certificate. Having secured mutual approval from 46 countries and 58 certification bodies worldwide, it was the first certified fire investigation lab in Taiwan.

 

8

Taipei City International Rescue Team performed relief and reconstruction duties from August 8th to September 20th in areas hard hit by Typhoon Morakot , namely Pingtung County, Tainan County, Chiayi County and Taitung County.

 

3

Taipei City set up an H1N1 Emergency Operations Center at 3:30 p.m. on a Level-2 alert.

Jun

11

Taipei City Fire Department beat the other 149 finalists to win first place in the service planning category of the first Government Service Quality Award, held by the Executive Yuan under a theme of “Safe Living in Taipei: Building a Reinforced Anti-Disaster Network”. It was the only fire authority in the country’s 25 local governments to receive that award.

May

16

A rescue mission co-organized by Taipei City International Rescue Team and The Red Cross Society of The Republic of China left for the earthquake-stricken Sichuan Province in China during May 16th-20th.

Apr

28

Taipei City set up a H1N1 Emergency Operations Center at 2:00 p.m., where representatives and spokespersons of the city’s health, education and civil affairs authorities, EPA and Fire Department helped to tackle the disaster.

Mar

20

Volunteer firefighter Zhang Hong-fan was killed while performing his duties in the basement of an RC structure on Roosevelt Rd., Zhongzheng Dist. that had caught fire.

 

2

A fire killed 8 in Bashue Hotel on Taiyuan Rd., Datong Dist.

Jan

10

A fire occurred at the Mackay Memorial Hospital; no casualties were reported.

A.D. 2008

Dec

17

A fire at the NTU Hospital injured two.

Sep

27

Du-du the Elephant was proclaimed the mascot of Taipei Fire Department.

Aug

1

In a survey conducted by Common Health Magazine, Taipei City Fire Department was ranked the best provider of pre-hospital emergency medical services (EMS) in Taiwan.

Jun

28

An arson attack occurred in Mt. Sishou; fortunately no casualties were reported.

Jan

16

The Dazhi Station was relocated to a new site.

A.D. 2007

Dec

12

Taipei City launched an Emergency Operations Center, which was the country’s most comprehensive disaster prevention and emergency center.

Oct

7

Typhoon Krosa triggered a landslide that killed 2 and injured 1 in a Yangmingshan residential home at No. 21, Xinan Rd., Shilin Dist.

Aug

30

The Taipei City International Rescue Team participated in a drill for the prevention of complicated disasters in Tokyo City; it was the first Taiwanese rescue team involved in an international disaster relief drill.

Jun

24

Reportedly due to a faulty brake system, a tourist bus crashed into a white sedan in the evening at the intersection of Yangde Blvd. and Yonggong Rd. before falling into a valley 100 meters below; 8 were killed and 25 injured in the accident.

Apr

7

Chiang Kai-Shek's Yangmingshan-based Caoshan Residence was burned to the ground in early morning.

Jan

15

The Taipei City Fire Department launched a probe into three fires involving dehumidifiers reported during the winter of 2006, and found those faulty dehumidifiers to come from the same brand/model. At a press conference, the city’s Consumer Ombudsman issued an urgent consumer alert and called for a recall in the country’s first example of a consumer alert system established through the fire investigation mechanism.

Jan

1

An e-services online service was launched to offer a one-stop registration service for fuel gas and water heater installers.

A.D. 2006

Dec

21

The construction of Taipei City’s Emergency Operations Center was completed.

Nov

13

According to an amendment to the Self-government Ordinance of the Taipei Municipal Government, an Emergency Operations Center was set up under the Taipei City Fire Department.

Aug

31

The 2nd Emergency Operations Center of Taipei City was inaugurated.

Jul

17

The 119 Intelligent Computer-Aided Dispatch System (ICADS) was officially launched.

May

24

Taipei Fire Department established the Hougang Advanced Paramedic Station.

 

9

The building that houses the Hougang Station of Taipei Fire Department was inaugurated.

Apr

4

The building that houses the Yanping Station of Taipei Fire Department was inaugurated.

Jan

16

The building that houses the Zhuangjing Station of Taipei Fire Department was completed and inaugurated.

A.D. 2005

May

18

An apartment fire on Ningbo E. St. killed 4 and critically injured 1 as the iron-barred windows obstructed people from escaping.

 

3

Taipei City unveiled a video conferencing system to provide real-time disaster and relief information, regardless of geographical location.

Mar

31

Taipei City Fire Department launched an online service system, hoping to create a paperless environment for fire investigation and the inspection/ maintenance of fire safety supplies.

A.D. 2004

Nov

26

Over 100,000 kilograms of gas leaked in a construction site of MRT Neihu Line, which was the worst ever since the MRT project began. It forced an evacuation of nearly 10,000 people.

 

2

Longshan Temple donated a Europe-imported, 50-meter-long aerial ladder platform worth NT$ 33 million to Taipei City Government. Complete with state-of-art disaster relief devices, the vehicle was the most costly donation made by an NGO.

Jul

10

Three rescue battalions: dive rescue, water rescue and paramedics, were added to Taipei Volunteer Fire Department.

May

27

Taipei City Fire Department launched the self-developed online service of “Disaster Prevention and Rescue Information”.

Apr

23

As reports of SARS infection resurfaced, Taiwan became the world’s first region to declare a Level-A mobilization that required temperature-taking for anyone entering or leaving the country or a school.

Feb

6

Taipei City Fire Department was expanded to include an Emergency Medical Services (Ambulance) Division, an Inspector’s Office and the 4th District HQ.

A.D. 2003

Dec

27

The Taipei City International Rescue Team joined earthquake relief efforts in Bam, Iran, and returned to Taiwan on Jan. 6, 2004.

Oct

1

The Yongji Advanced Paramedic Station, the country’s second station of EMT-Ps, was inaugurated.

Sep

26

The Phoenix Volunteers were officially included in the paramedic battalion under Taipei City’s Volunteer Fire HQ.

Jul

10

Taipei City Fire Department launched an online monthly newsletter.

Jun

30

A fire at the Fuyi Mansion construction-site killed 3 and injured 7 (Sec. 2, Dunhua S. Rd.).

May

29

Taipei City’s local government became the country’s first to establish an Advisory Committee for Disaster Prevention and Response.

 

15

Three suspected cases of SARS were hospitalized, two being firefighters and one a substitute military servicemen.

Apr

27

Taipei City’s SARS Emergency Center put the Fire Department in charge of evacuating the closed-down Taipei Municipal Hoping Hospital, and the inter-hospital transport of already hospitalized SARS patients. Starting May 3rd, it took home-quarantined patients to the hospital for follow-up exams.

 

25

Taipei City Fire Department set up a SARS Emergency Operations Center to directly offer patient transport services.

 

23

The temporary site of Dazhi Station of the 3rd District HQ was inaugurated.

Mar

18

Reports of SARS infection began to surface city-wide. As of June 30th, the Taipei Fire Department had rushed 1,873 SARS patients to hospital, including 273 home-quarantined patients, 344 hospitalized ones and 1,256 fever-stricken ones.

Feb

15

The Zhongxiao Advanced Paramedic Station was established as the country’s first station of EMT-Ps.

Jan

1

The Safety Management System was initiated.

A.D. 2002

Dec

25

Zhang Bo-Qing retired as the second Commissioner of Taipei City Fire Department; he was succeeded by Hsiung Kuang-hua, associate professor at the Department of Fire Science, Central Police University.

Nov

18

The building that houses the Minquan Station of Taipei City Fire Department was completed and inaugurated.

 

7

In an attempt to improve the OHCA survival rate, Taipei City launched the Golden Phoenix advanced paramedic team, which was made up of 20 EMT-Ps and 20 BMW motorcycle ambulances.

Oct

20

The building that houses the Baoqiao Station of Taipei City Fire Department was completed and inaugurated.

Aug

18

For the first time, 42 incident commanders from around the country were trained in the U.S. as high-level cadre of disaster relief (in two sessions).

 

5

The maximum capacities of public facilities were announced.

 

5

Taipei City’s Volunteer Fire HQ launched the 3rd District HQ.

Jul

9

The building that houses the Fuxing Station of Taipei City Fire Department was completed and inaugurated.

 

3

The Taipei City Disaster Decision-Making Support System kicked off.

Jun

25

The “Regulations on Controlling the Number of Persons Accommodated in Specific Places in Taipei City” was enacted.

 

3

The building that houses the 1st District HQ and Quanzhou Station of Taipei City Fire Department was inaugurated.

Apr

13

Taipei City launched a 500-member team of Fire Safety Specialists.

Mar

31

At 2:52 p.m., a massive earthquake (6.8 on Richter scale, or magnitude 5) caused a falling crane to kill 5 and injure 19 at Taipei International Financial Center, which was under construction. The city’s rescuers rescued 26 trapped people and 7 others from a collapsed home on Chengde Rd.

Jan

19

20 persons received Taiwan’s first training program for advanced Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic (EMT-P).

 

19

The Taipei City District HQ of the Volunteer Fire Department was expanded into “The Volunteer Fire HQ, Taipei City Fire Department”.

A.D. 2001

Sep

17

The floods brought by Typhoon Nari left 27 civilians dead, 3 missing, and 16 critically injured.

Jun

18

4 people were killed by a gas leak on Xinglong Rd.

Apr

7

4 died in a speed crash on Dadu Rd.

 

7

A fire killed 4 in a residential home in Sec. 4, Renai Rd.

 

3

Taipei City Council approved a bill to regard any non-firefighting use of hydrant water as theft, starting May 1st.

Mar

25

After implementing a duel system of emergency care, Taipei City saw its OHCA survival rate increase to 7-8%.

 

15

Taipei City launched its first squad of 46 EMT-Intermediate-qualified servicemen.

Feb

20

Taipei City launched a Disaster Prevention Planning Office to show its determination in stepping up disaster prevention/relief efforts.

Jan

14

In its first relief operation, a 30-member Taipei City International Rescue Team arrived in earthquake-stricken El Salvador and returned home on Jan. 22nd.

 

11

The country’s first batch of substitute military servicemen to receive first-aid training program successfully graduated.

 

4

A shooting-range fire left 3 dead and 20 injured in the Special Service Center of the National Security Bureau.

A.D. 2000

Dec

20

The outdated 119 crime reporting system was replaced with the ANI/ALI system, which has a caller ID and address display capacity.

 

20

The SOS System for Elders Living Alone was launched.

 

8

Representatives of the Work Team for Disaster Prevention started offering assistance at Taipei City Disaster Prevention Planning Office.

Nov

1

Taipei City Fire Department set up a Medical Advisory Committee.

Oct

30

Typhoon Xangsane wrecked havoc with Taipei City, sending the Keelung River and Jingmei River swelling, which in turn killed 1 civilian and injured 2.

Sep

21

Taipei City Mayor authorized the establishment of the country’s first International Rescue Team, which consists of 64 members.

Sep

7

A fire ravaged the Shilin-based Golden Buddha Meditation Center, killing 2 nuns.

Jul

22

A fire ruined 280-odd vendors’ booths in Ximen Market on Chengdu Rd. 3 firefighters and a volunteer firefighter sustained injuries from the dense smoke while performing their duties.

 

2

Zhang, the first beneficiary of AED since it was available on June 1st came back to life after receiving an 8-minute emergency treatment.

Jun

16

A total of 12 Disaster Prevention Parks were set up as shelters for disaster victims, or centers of disaster relief operations/command and reconstruction. They included the 228 Memorial Park (Zhongzheng Dist.), Youth Park (Wanhua Dist.), Jinghua Park (Wenshan Dist.), Minquan Park (Songshan Dist.), Dahu Park (Neihu Dist.), the Square in front of Taipei City Hall (Xinyi Dist.), Nangang Park (Nangang Dist.), Da’an Forest Park (Da’an Dist.), Chiang Kai-Shek’s Shilin Residence (Shilin Dist.), Beitou Park (Beitou Dist.), Yuquan Park (Datong Dist.), and Xinsheng Park (Zhongshan Dist.).

 

1

The country’s first Golden Phoenix Emergency Medical Service Team to receive an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), an emergency medical device that cost NT$ 20 million.

Mar

1

Taiwanese mobile phone operators launched a mobile-enabled 112 emergency assistance service that functions like the 110 and 119 hotlines.

Jan

19

In celebration of the 119 Firefighter’s Day, Taipei City Mayor authorized the establishment of a rescue battalion under the Volunteer Fire Department District HQ, as well as the Taipei City Phoenix Ambulance Volunteer Rescue Squad. A total of 126 volunteers joined the city’s fire fighting, disaster relief and emergency rescue efforts.

 

14

One of the rare crimes in Taiwan, a failed robbery attempt involving a cell phone-detonated bomb in an elevator injured 2 security guards and a civilian.

 

8

After a fire hit a commercial building in Sec. 1, Zhonghua Rd., the firefighters evacuated 120 people from the top-floor balcony.

A.D. 1999

Nov

10

The Central Police University started planning for a fire service college.

 

10

Taipei City Fire Department planned to build Disaster Prevention Parks.

Oct

30

A fire ruined the Japanese-style wooden structure that housed the Tsai Jui-Yueh Dance Research Institute (a class-2 historic site built 80 years ago) on Zhongshan N. Rd. The historic house was later restored in the same design at the same location.

 

12

Taiwan launched its first Urban Search and Rescue Team (USAR).

Sep

26

Under the persistent effort of the rescue team, the Sun brothers were rescued at 11:15 a.m. after being buried under the debris of Dongxing Mansion for 130 hours.

 

21

The 921 Earthquake killed 2,100 people and injured 8,737 nationwide. This magnitude-4 quake registered in Taipei City caused the collapse of Dongxing Mansion and left 74 dead, 14 missing, and 316 injured. The valiant rescuers from Taipei City Fire Department saved 109 lives on the day of the earthquake, although 4 of them died afterward.

 

1

The Golden Phoenix pre-hospital care team was launched in a partnership between Taipei City Fire Department and the Department of Health, which gave firefighters training in pre-hospital care at emergency sites, with the hope of improving the pre-hospital survival rate.

Aug

2

Taipei City Fire Department set up Fuxing and Baoqiao Stations in the Da’an and Wenshan Districts, respectively.

Jul

29

The “729 Blackout” left Taipei City Fire Department overwhelmed throughout the late evening with a staggering 5,000 phone calls. 4 fires and 7 car accidents happened during the blackout in addition to 27 reports of people trapped in elevators. Casualties reported included 1 death and 6 injuries.

 

9

Taipei City set up the District HQ of Community-Based Women’s Fire Safety Promotion Team, which is the country’s first fire safety awareness promotion team to target women. Huang Gui-Mei led the promotion effort as the founding District HQ Chief.

 

9

Taipei City Mayor Ma Ying-Jeou hosted the inauguration ceremony of Shuangxi Station of Taipei City Fire Department.

 

1

In the Women’s Protection Division of Taipei City Police Department, an early-morning fire killed a woman in police custody.

 

1

Taipei City became the country’s first local government to introduce 35 Golden Phoenix Emergency Medical Service Teams, which consisted of a total of 64 ambulances and 300 dedicated rescuers.

Apr

16

Taipei City Fire Department introduced the country’s first fire safety campaign vehicle, giving visitors an understanding of Fire Safety Equipment through a comprehensive display of safety/escape devices.

Mar

29

The Taipei City volunteer policemen who died while performing duties were enshrined in the Martyrs’ Shrine.

 

19

The temporary site of Yuanshan Station was inaugurated.

A.D. 1998

Dec

25

Chen Fa-Sheng retired as the first Commissioner of Taipei Fire Department; he was succeeded by Zhang Bo-Qing, deputy head of National Fire Agency.

Nov

27

The country’s first Fire Safety Museum was opened.

Oct

16

A deadly mudslide triggered by Typhoon Zeb buried 5 people in a home in Sec. 1, Neihu Rd.

Jul

10

Taipei City Fire Department became the country’s first fire authority to implement the “Work One Day, Take One Day Off” program.

Jan

29

The fire-stricken Fortuna Hotel left 1 dead and 3 injured.

A.D. 1997

Aug

18

The ravaging Typhoon Winnie killed 3 on Dahu Villa St. and injured 5 on Dexing E. Rd.

Jul

1

The building that houses the Datong Station of Taipei Fire Department District HQ was completed and inaugurated.

Jun

25

Firefighters rescued 17 people trapped in an apartment fire on Nongan St., which killed 2 tenants and left 4 injured.

Arp

14

An apartment fire on Zhuangjing Rd., Xinyi Dist. was put out in 10 minutes; however, the iron-barred doors and windows blocked the exits so 2 lives were lost and 1 person was injured.

 

11

An alleged arson attack at a rented apartment on Minquan W. Rd. left 2 dead and 2 injured in the early morning.

Feb

15

A rapidly spreading fire broke out in the early morning in Sec. 2, Roosevelt Rd., killing a family of 4 and a neighbor because of misjudgment regarding the exit.

 

3

A fire on Shida Rd. left 40-odd vendors’ booths engulfed in flames; no casualties were reported.

 

2

The fire-stricken Qingguang Market (Nongan St.): 4 killed and 3 injured.

A.D. 1996

Nov

22

Electrocuted while fighting fire in a basement on Roosevelt Rd., Jinhua Station firefighter Yan He-dong became demented and subsequently was ordered to retire on Nov. 26, 1998. The court ruled that two Taipower employees pay Yan NT$ 14.77 million in compensation and serve 3 months in prison for the faulty operation in power-cutting. That was the largest amount of compensation for an accident involving firefighters; it also marked the first time Taipower was fined for faults in a joint disaster relief operation.

 

12

A fire occurred at 6:10 p.m. in the Jinxing Mansion (Sec. 2, Xinsheng N. Rd.). In the Country’s first helicopter-aided fire rescue effort, the Airborne Service Corp of Taipei City Fire Department sent a helicopter to save a woman trapped on the top floor. The fire, however, left 2 dead and 61 injured (including 4 firefighters).

Jul

25

A fire ravaging the Meilin Wedding Gown Co. in Sec. 2, Zhongshan N. Rd., left 6 dead and 10 injured.

Apr

25

A fire started at 3:50 a.m. in a quilt store on Fuyuan St. in Songshan Dist. Firefighters successfully rescued 27 people trapped in the fire, which nevertheless killed 4 and injured 7.

A.D. 1995

Nov

1

The National Fire Agency under the Ministry of the Interior designated “phoenix” as its logo and also an identification symbol for fire authorities.

 

1

Taipei City Fire Department was officially expanded into three District HQs that oversee a total of 9 Battalions and 33 Stations. The first three District HQ Chiefs were: Xu Jing-Sheng, Yang Xi-Chuan and Chen Chong-Yue.

Oct

20

A “3456119” disaster prevention hotline was launched to offer around-the-clock consultation regarding disaster prevention and fire safety equipment of public facilities. It also collects the callers’ opinions on relevant issues. (Note: the hotline number was later changed to an 8-digit 23456119).

Jul

10

Taipei City Fire Department was officially established under Taipei City Government, with Fire and Police District HQ Chief Chen Fa-Shen serving as the first Commissioner.

Jun

27

A fire struck the top floor of Grand Hotel at a height of 50 meters above the ground, but the gusty wind prevented firefighter from rescuing those trapped. The District HQ sent 56 fire engines and 9 ambulances besides 23 volunteer fire engines to the scene, registering a record number of rescue vehicles used in a firefighting operation. The fire wiped out the hotel’s 10th through 12th floors, injured 4 people and caused property losses that totaled NT$ 100 million according to the budget review session of Taipei City Council. As the fire revealed difficulties facing disaster relief workers, the city councilors unanimously approved a plan to upgrade Taipei’s fire department. On July 10, the Taipei Fire Department became the Country’s first fire authority to receive a higher administrative status.

Apr

17

A gasoline bomb attack occurred at 2:08 a.m. in Happy Song Karaoke (No. 51, Sec. 2, Hankou St., Wanhua Dist.). Firefighters rescued 38 people from the roaring flame that killed 1 on the spot and 12 after being rushed to hospital; 11 people sustained injuries from the fire.

Jan

2

A fire starting around 4:00 a.m. at the dorm of Cherish Hair Salon on Songjiang Rd. killed 3 female hairdressers and injured 3 others who were trapped inside the iron-barred windows.

A.D. 1994

Oct

25

A fire occurred at 9:10 p.m. in the Super Star Karaoke on Songjiang Rd., leaving 13 dead and 2 injured.

 

1

2 died and 10 were injured in an arson attack occurring at 9:54 p.m. in Rustic Castle Café on Sec. 2, Dunhua S. Rd.

Sep

11

An early-morning fire killed 1 and critically injured another in Lane 84, Siwei Rd.

May

26

An early morning fire was immediately extinguished in the underground machine room of Taipei Railway Station. Although the lingering smoke grounded all trains for 4 hours, no one was injured except 7 firefighters.

Apr

16

Allegedly involving an arsonist, 5 gasoline-induced fires occurred in Da’an District in one night; no casualties were reported.

 

1

During April 1st to 26th, a whopping 48 arson attacks targeting automobiles happened in remote alleys in Da’an, Zhongzheng and Zhongshan Districts. These attacks, allegedly committed by the same person, sparked a panic across society; fortunately there were no casualties.

Feb

15

A fire killed 2 in Sec. 3, Mingsheng E. Rd. although it was put out in 30 minutes.

 

1

An early-morning fire in a residential home on Zhuhai Rd. (Beitou Dist.) left 4 people suffocated to death by the dense smoke and 3 injured.

A.D. 1993

Nov

26

A fire hit a 3-story empty house in Sec. 2, Hankou St. in the evening. The District HQ put out the fire in 30 minutes and found 5 bodies.

 

11

After a fire broke out in the MING YAO Department Store (Sec. 4, Zhongxiao E. Rd.), firefighters evacuated 150 people through the fire escape, and rescued 21 others trapped on the top floor using an aerial ladder platform. The swiftly executed rescue efforts successfully avoided casualties.

 

8

A fire broke out around 7:00 p.m. at the Waishuangxi-based Chinese Culture and Movie Center. While ruining a martial art studio and equipment worth millions of NT dollars, at one point it threatened the El Salvador Embassy situated just one lane away.

Oct

5

Lin Zhang-Yang, founder of the Taipei City Association of Friends of Firefighters, called for the first fire safety advisory meeting.

Sep

1

Motorcycles parked in the arcade of Xinsheng Mansion (at the Zhonghua-Hengyang Intersection) became targets of an early-morning arson attack, which left 1 dead and 2 injured. The arsonists Ciu Wen-Cheng and Lin Qing were arrested on Sep. 14th.

May

12

21 died and 7 were injured in the fire-stricken Carlton Barber Parlor in Sec. 2, Xinsheng N. Rd.

Mar

15

The District HQ of Taipei City Fire Department implemented a “Work One Day, Take One Day Off” program, starting with the Shilin Station.

Jan

19

Firefighters rescued 49 people from Lunqing Café on Songjiang Rd., the target of an arson attack in the morning. The raging flames killed 33 and injured 20.

A.D. 1992

Nov

21

The Mythological World Karaoke on Fushun St. suffered an arson attack in the early morning. 14 were rescued, 16 were dead and 2 injured. The arsonist Tang Ming-Xiong was arrested immediately afterward and executed in July 1997.

Sep

16

4 died in a short circuit-induced fire in a brick house in Sec. 1, Huanhe N. Rd.

Aug

8

Taipei City Fire Department sent 57 rescue vehicles, including fire engines and ambulances, to the Liufu Building (Sec. 2, Hankou St.) after a fire occurred at 11:26 p.m. The fire engendered property losses that totaled NT$ 10 million, killed Chengzhong Station firefighters Zhang Zhi-Shi, Wu Jing-Wen and Mong Zhong-Hu in a sudden explosion, and injured 3 others.

A.D. 1991

Dec

15

Taipei City Mayor hosted the inauguration ceremony for Guandu Station of Taipei City Fire Department District HQ.

 

8

46 fire engines and 13 ambulances rushed to the fire-stricken Hai Pa Wang Restaurant (Sec. 3, Zhongshan N. Rd.), where 358 victims were rescued via aerial ladders. The fire left 86 injured and 5 dead, including Yuanshan Station firefighter Xiong Chong-Hua.

Nov

5

Sergeant Lin De-Liang from Shezi Station suffered high voltage electrocution while fighting a fire on Shilin’s Zhongzheng Rd. He died after being rushed to the Veterans General Hospital.

Oct

19

The building that houses the 2nd Station of Guting Battalion of the Volunteer Fire Department District HQ was completed.

Sep

10

5 died and 1 was injured in a fire that struck Dongmen Market on Jinshan S. Rd.

Jul

20

Using an aerial ladder platform, firefighters rescued 7 people from a fire in Magnolia Hotel (Dunhua N. Rd., Songshan Dist.); 2 hotel workers and a tourist died after they were rushed to the hospital; 8 were injured.

 

16

An early-morning fire killed 6 and injured 9 in Wanhua-based Aston Hotel.

 

11

A groundbreaking ceremony took place for the building that houses the Training Center of Taipei City Fire Department District HQ.

May

10

The building that houses the Shuangyuan Station of Taipei City Fire Department District HQ was completed.

Mar

9

A firefighting foundation was established in Taipei City.

Jan

6

Firefighters evacuated 125 civilians from a fire site at Tianlong Sauna (Sec. 1, Chongqing N. Rd.) and rescued 43 others on an aerial ladder platform. Despite their all-out effort, 18 civilians died and 7 were hurt in the fire.

A.D. 1990

Nov

1

A fire broke out at 5:07 a.m. in Hani Wedding Pastry (No. 85, Hengyang Rd.), leaving 7 bakery workers dead and 4 injured (including 3 police/fire personnel and a bakery worker).

Aug

1

Taipei City Fire Department District HQ Chief Zhao Gang took over as the Fire Rescue Sub-division Chief of National Police Agency; he was succeeded by Chen Fa-sheng from the Inspector’s Office, Taipei City Police Department.

Apr

9

The District HQ of Taipei City Fire Department set up Yongming and Guting Stations.

Jul

26

3 people died and 17 were injured in a fire that broke out at 9:38 a.m. on Mingsheng E. Rd.

A.D. 1989

Nov

3

A fire in Sec. 5, Zhongshan N. Rd. killed 4 civilians and injured 2.

Oct

24

A fire on Fuyuan St. killed 2 company employees and injured 1.

Sept

30

A fire broke out at Mt. Datung Air Force Station, leaving 9 dead and 10 injured.

 

25

A fire in Sec. 2, Changan E. Rd. killed 5 civilians and injured 2 police/fire personnel.

Aug

3

A fire in Today Department Store on Emei St. claimed the lives of 2 civilians and 2 volunteer firefighters; it injured 34. The Taipei City Fire Department District HQ rescued 36 people trapped in the fire.

 

1

The District HQ of Taipei City Fire Department sent policemen and volunteer firefighters to rescue 113 people from a fire on Mingsheng E. Rd. that killed 2 and injured 12.

Mar

22

The wooden structure of a vehicle repair shop on Chengde Rd. caught fire, killing 5 civilians.

Jan

1

The Taipei City Corp of Civilian Firefighters was reorganized as the District HQ of the Volunteer Fire Department.

A.D. 1988

Dec

11

A fire in the Born Winner MTV left 5 dead and 1 injured.

Nov

21

A fire occurred around 3:00 a.m. at Lingxia Karaoke on Shuangcheng St., Zhongshan Dist., killing 4 and injuring 5.

 

20

A fire struck the central dome of Chunghua Stadium in Sec. 4, Nanjing E. Rd., resulting in property losses of NT$ 20 million.

Oct

10

Firefighter Yu Guang-Yu from Taipei City Fire Department District HQ was killed by an explosion in the Cultural City Barber Parlor on Jiankang Rd. The accident also injured 9 of Yu’s colleagues.

May

5

A fire in the Formosa Plastics Building on Dunhua N. Rd. killed 2 civilians and injured 8 firefighters.

Feb

8

A fire broke out on Shuanglian St., leaving 8 dead and 1 injured.

Jan

29

A fire in the Chunghwa Market killed 5 and injured 1.

A.D. 1987

Sep

4

A tourist bus with 43 passengers on board crashed into woods along Yangmingshan’s Yangde Blvd. around 1:00 p.m., killing 22 and injuring 21.

Aug

1

17 alleged arson attacks occurred in Jinmei District within two weeks, overwhelming the firefighters.

Jul

12

A fire lasting more than 3 hours in the Ximen shopping district destroyed the Liufu Building (Sec. 2, Hankou St.) below the 7th floor. An estimated 40-odd people sustained injuries.

Jan

6

Zhao Gang succeeded Wang Ren as the 5th District HQ Chief of Taipei Fire Department.

A.D. 1986

Oct

2

A fire in the dorm of a fabric processing factory, which was an illegal addition on top of a 4-story building on Sec. 2, Xiyuan Rd., left 4 firefighters injured and 4 clothing workers dead.

Feb

24

Taipei City Police Department launched a task force on Fire Cause Determination.

Jan

19

A computer-aided information system was inaugurated at the 119 Service Center of Taipei City Fire Department District HQ.

A.D. 1985

Nov

26

A series of arson attacks occurred at No. 110, Sec. 1, Zhonghua Rd., Asia Building (No. 152, Sec. 1, Zhonghua Rd.) and Kolin Building in Sec. 5, Nanjing E. Rd. between 4:20 and 4: 46 a.m. Among the four targets, Asia Building was the worst hit as it registered one death and 11 injuries. The accident had a grave social impact.

Oct

4

A National Day celebratory structure collapsed on Jieshou Rd. when Typhoon Brenda hit Taipei City, causing minor damage to 3 passers-by, 2 military vehicles, 4 taxis and a civilian car; no major damages were reported.

Aug

23

Typhoon Nelson wreck havoc in Taipei City, taking the life of one and injuring 12.

May

20

A fire in the Armed Forces Cultural Center on Zhonghua Rd. injured 8 employees and a firefighter.

A.D. 1984

Nov

13

A fire in the Disney Barber Parlor on Jilin Rd. caused 7 suffocated to death and 3 injured, including 2 firefighters.

Oct

23

A fire struck the King Gaming Parlor on Nongan St., leaving 3 dead and 7 injured amid property losses that totaled over NT$ 500,000.

Aug

1

Taipei Fire Department District HQ Chief Du Jia-Qi took over as a Specialist of Taipei City Police Department; he was succeeded by Wang Ren, Assistant Commissioner of Kaohsiung County Police Department.

Jun

3

June 3, 1984 An explosion triggered by gas tank installation killed 8 and critically injured 12 in the Xinglan Fashion Co. on Jingmei St.

May

28

A short circuit-induced fire hit the Jin-Fu-Yuan Restaurant on the 2nd floor of Time Hotel (Sec. 2, Xinsheng N. Rd.), trapping 300 civilians and killing 19, most of whom were suffocated by the dense smoke. The fire injured 35 civilians and 16 firefighters.

Feb

10

A fire ravaging Sec. 2 of Changsha St. left 6 dead and engendered property losses of NT$ 200,000 in total.

A.D. 1983

Sep

27

The building that houses the Chongqing Station of Taipei City Fire Department District HQ was completed and inaugurated.

Aug

13

The building that houses the Taipei City’s Fire Dispatch Center and the Computer-aided Traffic Control Center of Taipei City Police Department was completed. Personnel from related units were relocated on the same day to this 7-story building that occupies an area of 2,565 m2.

Apr

19

2 civilians were killed in an arson attack at Zhangzhou St.

Mar

25

An early-morning fire broke out in Sec. 1, Dihua St., leaving 3 civilians dead and 2 firefighters injured.

Feb

1

A short circuit-induced fire killed 13 and injured 23 in Sec. 2, Kaifeng St.

A.D. 1982

Dec

3

The building that houses the Shezi Station of Taipei City Fire Department District HQ was completed and inaugurated.

Oct

21

The building that houses the Jiancheng Station of Taipei City Fire Department District HQ was completed and inaugurated.

May

12

The building that houses the Dazhi Station of Taipei City Fire Department District HQ was completed and inaugurated.

Mar

25

39 miners were successfully rescued in a mine accident in Neihu-based Futian Coal Mine; 8 died.

Feb

15

Taipei City Police Department Commissioner Hu Wu-Xi was appointed as deputy head of National Police Agency and the head of Police Force; he was succeeded by Yan Shi-Xi, Chief of Education at Taiwan Provincial Police School.

Jan

22

A gasoline-induced fire allegedly resulting from a gambling problem involving the suspect He Wei-Cai killed 6 and injured 8 on Hanzhong St.

A.D. 1981

Oct

19

Taipei City Fire Department District HQ Chief Zhang Min-Chang was appointed to head the 1st Division of Taipei City Police Department; he was succeeded by Du Jia-Qi, District HQ Chief of Kaohsiung City Police Department.

Jul

24

The building that houses the Nangang Station of Taipei City Fire Department District HQ was completed and inaugurated.

 

19

Typhoon Maury triggered floods across Taipei City, leaving 8 dead, 4 missing and 2 injured.

 

15

The building that houses the Yongming Station of Taipei City Fire Department District HQ was completed and inaugurated.

Jun

1

The Dazhi, Yongming and Shezi Island Stations of Taipei City Fire Department District HQ were established.

Mar

11

A fire which occurred on Emei St. wiped out the 5th through 8th floors of Today Department Store, killing 7 and injuring 16.

Jan

23

A surprise water release at Shilin’s Waishuangxi Dam swept away people downstream, including students and faculty members from Ching-Mei and Ta Ren Girls’ High Schools. 300 drowning students were rescued, 12 survived after being rushed to the hospital, 10 died and 5 went missing in the accident.

 

23

A Civil Defense HQ was established under Taipei City Police Department to integrate the services of civil defense and volunteer policemen/firefighters. It has conducted since a professional training session and four regular sessions.

A.D. 1980

Dec

24

Firefighters rescued over 300 people from a fire in Yongqi Department Store (Sec. 2, Nanjing E. Rd.). 32 people sustained minor injuries in the fire that lasted 11 hours.

Nov

19

The Maintenance Workshop of Taipei City Fire Department District HQ unveiled 5 self-developed fire trucks equipped with low-, mid- and high-pressure pumps.

 

2

The building that houses the Neihu Station of Taipei City Fire Department District HQ was completed and inaugurated.

Oct

19

4 victims of a fire in Lane 553, Chengde Rd. died after being rushed to the hospital.

 

8

2 were killed in a fire that broke out at 3:00 a.m. in Sec. 1, Xinglong Rd.

 

6

The building that houses the Muzha Station of Taipei City Fire Department District HQ was completed.

Jul

1

Taipei City Fire Department Commissioner Hu Wu-Xi and Deputy Commissioner Wu Wei-He were appointed as the chief and deputy chief, respectively, of the newly established Taipei City Civil Defense HQ, which consisted of 80,000-odd personnel that belonged to various units (i.e., the District HQs for civil defense, volunteer police service and volunteer firefighters, as well as a Civil Disaster Rescue Corp).

Jun

27

An early morning fire occurred in Sec. 6 of Zhongshan N. Rd., Shilin, killing a family of 5 trapped inside iron-barred windows.

Mar

23

A fire on Xiamen St. killed a newlywed couple.

 

2

2 died and 2 were injured in an arson attack at a motorcycle supplies store on Heping W. Rd.

A.D. 1979

Sept

30

A gas leak-induced fire wiped out 129 houses and partially ruined 5 in Lane16, Zhongshan S. Rd. It left 5 people injured and more than 700 victimized.

Aug

7

In a basement’s storage area of refined benzene on Chongqing N. Rd., the hydraulic motor triggered an explosion that killed 1 and injured 3.

Jul

13

An illegal stockpiling of hardening agent triggered a basement explosion on Fuyuan St., taking the lives of 32 and injuring 45 in the Country’s first chemical-induced explosion.

Jul

1

The Fire and Police District HQ took over fire-cause investigation services from the Criminal Investigation Corps.

Jun

15

To mark the first Police’s Day, the 1st, 2nd and 3rd divisions of The Corp of Civilian Firefighters were established simultaneously.

Feb

22

In a tie-up with Taipei City Fire Department, the China Television Company mentioned fire safety tips in the 17th and 18th episodes of the Taiwanese-language drama “Mother-in-Law”, which proved highly successful in raising awareness.

A.D. 1978

Dec

12

A newly completed 4-story building that houses the Beitou Station of Taipei City Fire Department District HQ was completed.

Oct

12

Wang Jin-Lai and Ke Zao-Song, both civilian firefighters from the Beitou Station of Fire District HQ, Taipei City Police Department, died in an overturned vehicle while conducting a rescue operation during Typhoon Ora.

Sept

23

A newly completed 4-story building that houses the Longshan Station of Taipei City Fire Department District HQ was completed.

Aug

20

A newly completed 7-story building that houses the Chengzhong Station of Taipei City Fire Department District HQ was completed.

Jul

20

A newly completed 4-story building that houses the Jingmei Station of Taipei City Fire Department District HQ was completed.

A.D. 1977

Sep

22

When torrential rain-triggered flash floods were reported across Taipei City, a crumbling mountain crushed a Heping E. Rd. dorm belonging to the Taipei City Fire Department District HQ, killing firefighters Ge Xin-zhong and Huang Ming-shen, along with their family members (3 and 3, respectively). When the accident happened, Ge was already in firefighting gear and Huang was still working; they were honored for their dedication to their job.

Aug

1

Typhoon Vera left 23 dead, 11 critically injured and 1 missing in Taipei City. 95 houses were wiped out and 250 partially collapsed. The City’s fire department ambulances rescued 120 victims in total, including pregnant women.

Jul

31

Taipei City Fire Department District HQ swiftly extinguished eight fires from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., successfully avoiding serious damages.

 

31

Typhoon Vera hit northern Taiwan, where a piece of falling scaffolding killed 8 and injured 9 at an elevated road construction site near the North Gate on Zhonghua Rd.

Jun

13

A vehicle maintenance station of Taipei City Fire Department District HQ was unveiled under the Guanghua Bridge.

May

20

An explosion in the China Gasoline Co. on Wanda Rd. triggered a fire that killed 3 and injured 15.

Apr

26

The building that houses the Zhongshan Station of Taipei City Fire Department District HQ was inaugurated, with the Battalion personnel relocated to the 2nd floor office on the same day.

Mar

10

A fire ravaging Zhonghua Rd. and Kaifeng St. for 2 hours ruined 77 wooden houses, engendering considerable property losses.

A.D. 1976

Sept

21

The building that houses the 3rd Battalion of Taipei City Fire Department District HQ on Yongji Rd., including the garage, was inaugurated. The 3rd Songshan branch of the Corp of Civilian Firefighters was relocated to this office building on the same day.

Aug

25

A wildfire lasted for 14 hours in Mt. Songshan and the other forested areas near the Yangmingshan-based International Community Radio Taipei (ICRT). The fire was put out by 4,000-odd firefighters, including the entire personnel of Shilin Police Precinct and volunteer firefighters, leaving the ICRT station intact.

Jul

14

The building that houses the 4th Battalion and the Shilin Station of Taipei City Fire Department District HQ, including the garage, was inaugurated. The Shilin and Beitou branches of the Corp of Civilian Firefighters were relocated to this office building on the same day.

Jun

25

The building that houses the 3rd Battalion of Taipei City Fire Department District HQ (on Yongji Rd.) was completed.

May

15

The building that houses the 4th Battalion of Taipei City Fire Department District HQ was completed.

Apr

27

The building that houses the Tianmu Station of Taipei City Fire Department District HQ was completed.

Apr

19

The building that houses the Shuangyuan Station of Taipei City Fire Department District HQ was completed.

Apr

1

The building that houses the Shilin Station of Taipei City Fire Department District HQ was completed.

Jan

27

The building that houses the Longshan Station of Taipei City Fire Department District HQ was completely revamped and underwent the inspection and acceptance process.

A.D. 1975

Sept

25

An early-morning fire resulting from a coal gas leak killed a family of 7 in Lane 65, Wuolong St.

Sept

4

8 died in an early-morning fire triggered by an incense-offering ritual in Lane 235, Huanhe N. Rd.

Aug

24

A night fire hit a woodworking supplies store on Jinxi St., devastating 80 illegal houses in the neighborhood.

Apr

5

A fire broke out at 5:52 p.m. at the Association of Li-ism on Zhonghua Rd., destroying over 200 houses.

Jan

25

The Country’s first fire safety exhibition took place at Central Police College (No. 20, Guangzhou St.) for 10 days consecutively.

A.D. 1974

Oct

20

Taiwan’s first privately funded fire department building was inaugurated in Songshan District, Taipei City.

Feb

27

An afternoon fire that ravaged the traditional market on Sanshui St. destroyed 40-odd illegal structures and vendor’s booths; no casualties were reported.

Jan

1

A fire broke out at 8:15 p.m. in South Asia Hotel on Chengdu Rd., a part of the Ximen shopping district. It injured 4 people and killed a woman; 38 hotel customers were rescued.

Jan

1

The Yangmingshan Police HQ was merged with Taipei City Police Department. The Police Offices of Shilin and Beitou were renamed Police Precincts. The Yangmingshan Fire Brigade was incorporated as the 4th Battalion of Fire District HQ under Taipei City Police Department.

A.D. 1973

Dec

26

An illegal wooden house on Sec. 4, Yanping N. Rd. exploded at 9:25 p.m., leaving a crater of 150 centimeters in diameter and 4 bodies. The accident left 3 critically injured and shattered all the glass windows within a 150-meter radius.

Sep

5

In Jingmei District, 2 female workers were killed and 14 people injured in an early-morning fire at Taixing Textile Factory.

Jul

25

Li Bao-hong, Fire District HQ Chief of Taipei City Police Department, was appointed as the Commissioner of Kaohsiung County Police Department; he was succeeded by Assistant District HQ Chief Zhang Min-chang.

Jan

11

The Firefighter's Association of Taipei City (FAOTC) was established, with National Assembly member Liu Jie-Zhou being the founding director.

 

3

Jan. 3, 1973 The National Police Agency under the Ministry of the Interior Affairs designated Jan. 19, 1973 as the first Firefighter’s Day.

A.D. 1972

Oct

30

A fire broke out at the Auditorium of Ming Chuan Women’s Business College around 1:00 p.m. and lasted 54 minutes; 9 military personnel stationed nearby sustained injuries while fighting the fire.

Sep

23

A Moon Festival fire presumably caused by a faulty power line killed 2 and injured the other 5 from the same family on Andong St.

Sep

2

16 storefronts and 3 residential homes were destroyed in a fire that struck an illegal marketplace near the Taipei West Bus Terminal. While fighting the fire, District HQ Chief Li Bao-hong was suffocated by the dense smoke and lost consciousness for over 10 minutes; 4 firefighters were burned or hit by falling bricks.

Aug

19

When Super Typhoon Betty struck Taipei, firefighter Wang Hai-yun in a heroic attempt mended a breach in Water Gate No. 12 on Tamsui River.

Mar

23

36 street vendor’s booths were ruined in an early-morning fire in Sec. 1, Chongqing N. Rd.

Jan

28

A fire struck two Japanese-style wooden houses in Lane 78, Wenzhou St., killing 2 children.

Jan

8

An Emergency Medical Center was established under the Fire District HQ of Taipei City Police Department.

A.D. 1971

Nov

29

5 firefighters sustained injuries while performing duties in Ruby Hotel (Sec. 2, Zhongshan N. Rd.).

Nov

14

An early morning fire occurred on Shilin’s Dadong Rd. and blocked the only exit, causing the death of 5 people.

Sept

24

Super Typhoon Bess left many low-lying areas in Taipei City flooded, 2 houses wiped out, 46 partially collapsed, 5 people dead and 12 injured.

Aug

12

On Yongfu St., 8 people were burned by a morning fire in Meida Fish Liver Oil Factory, which engendered property losses totaling NT$ 2 million.

Jul

1

Taipei City started a Corp of Civilian Firefighters by merging the Volunteer Fire Brigade and the Civil Defense and Fire Squad. Lin Zi-xi was the Corp’s founding director.

May

5

An early morning fire killed 9 and injured 4 in Yuchang Chemical Engineering Co. (Sec. 4, Bade Rd.).

Feb

5

A fire started in the evening in Sec. 2, Chongqing N. Rd., leaving 3 dead, 1 missing and 2 critically injured.

A.D. 1970

Jan

20

In the 3rd Yongan Civil Defense Drill that took place on Dunhua N. Rd., Songshan Dist., dry powder and high-swelling foam were used for the first time in Taiwan to extinguish fire.

A.D. 1969

Nov

1

Li Bao-hong, Assistant Commissioner of Keelung City Police Department, took over as the Fire District HQ Chief of Taipei City Police Department.

Oct

21

Two fires broke out within an hour at the intersection of Ningbo W. St. and Kuling St., rendering 249 people homeless.

 

1

The medium-strength Typhoon Flossie left half of Taipei City submerged in flood waters that reached a height of 0.5 to 3 meters. The 3-day flood caused record losses and victimized 600,000, with 300,000 people seeking refuge.

Sep

26

Typhoon Elsie triggered torrential rains that lasted for days, killing 4 and injuring 30 in Taipei City. It wiped out 200 houses while leaving 1,113 partially collapsed. Over 60% of the City was submerged in flood waters reaching as high as 1 meter.

 

5

The First Dance Hall was ruined by a fire that broke out in First Cinema, previously known as “First Theater”, in Sec. 2 of Yanping N. Rd.

Jul

13

An early-morning fire hit the Red Cross Society of The Republic of China (Sec. 1, Renai Rd.). The District HQ put out the fire with 20,000 packs of blood plasma intact, in spite of the hefty property losses.

Jun

1

In its 39th training session, the Central Police College recruited 20 students for the newly established Department of Fire and Police.

May

12

A fire on Zhenzhou Rd. devastated 56 houses in Jinquan Village, rendering 265 people homeless.

Mar

1

The District HQ launched three ambulances free-of-charge in an effort to enhance its emergency rescue services.

Feb

2

A wildfire started in the afternoon in Mt. Xiaoguanyin (Beitou Dist.). As the mountain trails were too narrow for fire engines, Taipei City’s disaster relief staff put out the fire with bamboo rods and tree branches. The fire destroyed mountain area measuring an estimated 20 hectares.

Jan

1

To offer an integrated phone number for fire rescue services, a Dispatch Center was set up under the Fire District HQ of Taipei City Police Department.

A.D. 1968

Apr

20

A fire ravaged both the Huamei Hotel and Tian-xiang-lou Tea House in Sec. 1 of Chongqing S. Rd., killing 7 and causing property losses of NT$ 8 million.

 

 

The building that houses the Fire and Police District HQ of Taipei City Police Department was unveiled on Beiping E. Rd.

Mar

16

A fire lasted 4 hours since noontime in the First Hotel, engendering property losses estimated at NT$ 20 million.

A.D. 1967

Jul

1

Taipei City was upgraded to a special municipality, with its Fire and Police Department reorganized into a Fire and Police District HQ.

Apr

1

Under the auspices of NGOs such as Red Cross, a water rescue team, mostly consisting of firefighters from the Police Department, was launched.

A.D. 1966

Oct

16

The Fire Brigade in each county and city took over fire rescue services from the Public Order Division.

Jul

4

6 people who jumped from the building fell to their death during a fire that struck the New Taipei Hotel on Songjiang Rd. around 1:00 a.m.

Jan

19

At the Zhonghua-Hengyang Intersection, a fire ravaged Wanguo Club in Xinsheng Building, killing 30 and injuring 25. Among the dead was Sergeant Zeng Guang-Rong from the Fire Brigade, who fell from a broken aerial ladder.

A.D. 1965

Jan

20

A severe car accident in Yangmingshan killed/injured 101 school children.

A.D. 1964

Oct

16

In a fire safety drill during the visit of General Thanom Kittikachorn, prime minister of Thailand, firefighter Zeng Tian-ming from Taipei City Police Department fell to his death from an aerial ladder at Renai-Dunhua Intersection.

Jan

20

Taiwan Provincial Government released The Management Regulations of County and City Harbor Bureaus and Fire and Police Brigades, establishing a Fire Brigade under each County/City Police Department. The Regulations also expanded the services of Fire Brigade to include everything pertaining to disaster prevention and rescue, ushering in a new era of Modernized Fire Safety.

A.D. 1963

Sep

11

Typhoon Gloria left downtown Taipei flooded, victimizing over 18,000 people, wiping out 800-odd houses and killing 34 people.

A.D. 1962

Sep

5

Typhoon Amy wiped out 71 houses and left 295 partially collapsed. 9,438 victims were saved by rescuers while 23,053 people took refuge in temporary shelters.

Apr

23

Volunteer firefighter Pan A-Shui died on duty in the Hengyang Rd. fire outbreak.

A.D. 1961

 

 

Typhoon Pamela wrecked havoc in Taipei City.

A.D. 1959

Dec

1

The phone number for fire rescue service changed to 119, to separate it from the 110 crime/accident hotline.

Oct

27

A fire devastated 53 houses on Neijiang St.

Jul

15

Typhoon Billie brought floods to the City’s Nanjichang among other low-lying areas, victimizing over 9,200 people with 120 houses wiped out and 1,423 partially ruined.

A.D. 1958

Mar

20

The responsibilities of police personnel and civil defense administration were redefined, with the latter put in charge of war-time fire rescue and the former in charge of such peace-time firefighting affairs as fire safety awareness campaigns and inspections, control of fire safety equipment, and training of firefighters.

A.D. 1956

Sep

20

A paper mill fire on Xuchang St. destroyed over 100 houses near Xuchang St., Guanqian Rd. and Nanyang St.

Sep

15

Super Typhoon Dinah ruined thousands of houses across Taipei City, wrecking havoc in low-lying areas.

A.D. 1953

Aug

17

Typhoon Nina dealt the worst blow in 20 years to Taipei City.

Jun

10

The Yangmingshan Station of fire rescue service was set up under the Yangmingshan Police Office.

A.D. 1951

Jul

12

Taiwan Provincial Government published an amendment to the Regulations Governing the Organizations and Training of County and City Volunteer Fire Brigades, establishing the volunteer fire rescue service in a separate unit.

A.D. 1950

Jun

 

The Taipei City District HQ of Civil Defense and Fire Rescue was established. Members of a civil engineers’ union started an 800-member demolition team under the 4th District Squad of Fire Rescue District HQ, Self Defense HQ.

A.D. 1949

 

 

More than 80 illegal houses on Zhonghua Rd. were devastated by fire.

A.D. 1947

Aug

14

The Guidelines for the Expansion of Fire Administration were revised as The Regulations Governing the Organization of County and City Fire Administrations. All county-level and city-level fire authorities were renamed as “Fire Brigades” under the Police Department and were overseen by the Public Order Division head.

A.D. 1946

Feb

28

Taiwan Province released regulations governing the organization and training of volunteer fire brigades at the county and city levels.

 

6

Taiwan Province enforced regulations governing illegally manufactured and/or sold slow-burning fuses, firecrackers and fireworks.

A.D. 1945

Dec

25

Under the newly released Organizational Rules of Taiwanese Police Stations in Province-Governed Municipalities, Taipei City Police Department was established by merging the colonial-era police administrations in South and North Taipei with a Fire Brigade reorganized from the National Fire Agency.

Oct

25

Taiwan Retrocession Day

Aug

15

Japan surrendered unconditionally to the United Nations, officially ending the Sino-Japanese War.

Jun

 

Both the central hall and left wing of Longshan Temple were destroyed in a World War II bomb attack.

A.D. 1935

 

 

A fire ruined the 4th floor photography studio of Taiwan’s Governor-General’s Office.

A.D. 1934

 

 

The colonial government established a gas company, including a branch, in Taipei City’s Da'an area, which was devastated in World War II.

A.D. 1930

 

 

To facilitate cooperation among police personnel, a “Taiwan Police Personnel Mutual Aid Association” was set up in each Prefecture and District.

A.D. 1929

 

 

The Guidelines for the Expansion of Fire Administration were promulgated.

A.D. 1924

 

 

A fire hit Nichi Honganji Temple on Zhonghua Rd. (the current location of the Association of Li-ism).

A.D. 1921

 

 

homes were destroyed by a fire near Taihoku City Hall.

A.D. 1920

Sep

8

The Japanese colonial government replaced the administrative status of Prefecture with State and renamed “Ai-yong” (namely “valiant men in the alley”) as “Jing-ding” (or Policeman), a title abolished when it gave up sovereignty over Taiwan. The Japanese ruled Taiwan in 5 States and 2 Prefectures; each State consisted of Districts (Counties) and Cities. The colonial-era fire safety division oversaw three sections (i.e., Police, Fire Safety and Construction & Maintenance) in a move to authorize policing powers.

A.D. 1918

 

 

aihoku Hospital, the predecessor of NTU Hospital, was partially destroyed in a fire (Note: “Tohoku” is the Japanese pronunciation of Taipei.)

A.D. 1913

Feb

12

The Japanese army officers’ club “Kaikousha” was inaugurated behind a library in Ximen area; it was devastated in a World War II bomb attack.

A.D. 1912

Aug

28

Both the Xindian River and Tamsui River swelled during a typhoon, leaving the entire Taipei City flooded, with hefty losses ensuing.