Service Cooperation Agreement between JCG and JRCS

Service cooperation agreement on the provision of medical team and transportation of relief supplies in times of large-scale disaster such as earthquake directly below Tokyo

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Yuji Sato, Chief of JCG (left) and Tadateru Konoe, President of JRCS (right) with the signed agreement in hand.

Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS) and Japan Coast Guard (JCG) signed a service cooperation agreement on March 6 which aimed at establishing procedures for effective relief activities and protection of victims in times of large scale disaster. As part of the agreement the JCG will use its ships and airplanes to transport JRCS’s relief teams and supplies to the disaster-affected area.

Regional cooperation agreements already exist between each Chapter of JRCS and local Offices of the JCG (in response to regional disasters). Joint training has previously been conducted as part of the regional cooperation.

The new agreement is aimed at preparing for large-scale disasters affecting an extensive area such as Nankai Trough Earthquake and earthquakes directly below Tokyo. There is a high probability that both of these scenarios might occur in reality. The agreement makes it possible for JRCS and JCG to cooperate without regional restrictions, which facilitates timely and adequate provision of relief activity and protection to disaster victims.

JRCS and JCG will build up a communication system which will ensure that necessary information is always available. They will also conduct joint training on a regular basis. When a large-scale disaster occurs, they will respond to requests from each other and carry out ① transportation of relief teams and relief supplies using JCG ships and airplanes, ② triage (determining priority order in medical treatment) and initial treatment activities, ③ transportation of sick or wounded people using JCG ships ad airplanes.

At the signing ceremony, JCRS President, Tadateru Konoe, gave a speech that “when a land route to the disaster-affected area is blocked, it is sometimes impossible for the relief teams to reach the area. With this agreement it will become possible to give large-scale treatment by using ships and airplanes.”

Yuji Sato, Chief of JCG, expressed his expectations saying that “JCG has mobile power and JCRS can provide medical treatment. If we use these capacities in cooperation with each other, we will be able to provide speedy and proper relief and carry out our rescue operation more effectively.”