Assisting Disaster Readiness and Response Activities

ART for Human Possibilities

Natural disasters have the potential to strike at any time, upending lives and disrupting the supply of essential services. At Yamaha, we believe in being prepared so that when disaster strikes, we can protect ourselves and our loved one, minimise damage, and assist with recovery and reconstruction.

In Japan, the Yamaha Motor group calls on its technologies, products, human resources, and networks to assist with disaster response and supporting the work performed by first responders.

 

Aiding Disaster Relief Efforts with Technology for Personal Mobility

 

If a firefighting team requires ten firehoses—each weighing approx. 6–8 kg—along with other necessary firefighting equipment, the total weight can reach up to 120kg. In places with narrow roads or locations otherwise inaccessible by a full-size fire engine, firefighters must transport this heavy equipment closer to the fire on foot - and every second counts.

 

The X-QUICKER is a next-generation firehose cart developed by Yamaha Motor Engineering Co., Ltd. that uses two high-output electric motors to provide an electric power assist for the cart. Leveraging the electronic control technology from our eBikes and electrically power-assisted wheelchairs, the engineers developed a control system specifically for the X-QUICKER.

Another example is the RS-13 rescue boat designed to save people during floods and other water-related disasters. The vessel is equipped with five internal bulkheads, has a buoyancy exceeding 500kgf, and a retractable front gate for pulling in those needing rescue from the water. The strong FRP hull and a flat interior also allow people using wheelchairs to board while remaining seated.

 

By listening to the needs of first responders and disaster response teams, Yamaha can adapt and apply its developed technologies through various personal mobility pursuits to offer a range of products aiding rescue and relief efforts.

 

Training Disaster Response Teams

 

Yamaha Motor’s involvement in disaster and rescue efforts is not limited to providing technologies and products. The Yamaha Riding Academy (YRA) is a riding safety program run worldwide by Yamaha Motor, and its experienced personnel and instructional know-how provide training to improve the riding skills of motorcycle-based disaster response teams.

The Great East Japan Earthquake that struck in 2011 was an unprecedented disaster that claimed the lives of over 15,000 people. SCOUT is Shizuoka City’s off-road motorcycle unit, which uses bikes’ natural mobility to gather information from the ground at disaster sites. The team is composed of city employees, and their duties include not only preparing for disasters that may hit their city but they can also be deployed, requiring assistance. The team was called upon to assist with efforts following the Kumamoto earthquakes in 2016.

To be able to put their mobility to full use when an emergency occurs, regular training and preparation is critical. Having the riding skills to navigate roads littered with debris safely is a given, but so is having the knowledge for properly using rescue equipment in the field, as well as skills for performing motorcycle maintenance and repairs. Yamaha Riding Academy instructors help hold training drills so members can acquire such know-how and improve their skills.