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  • Seoul to install “disaster location identification roads” at shanty towns for prompt report and immediate dispatch of the emergency crew

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    • – Seoul to set up the “disaster location identification roads” and install emergency bells during the first half of the year in fire-prone areas
    • – In order to prevent casualties, the swift evacuation of the residents is the most priority
    • – The emergency bell is a safety facility that sends emergency warning in the event of fire so that residents can evacuate quickly in a densely populated residential area
    • – The disaster location identification roads are marked the area and colored in red, yellow, green, orange, and purple according to the region

    SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, February 25, 2019 — The Seoul Metropolitan Government announced that it will set up the “disaster location identification roads” during the first half of the year in fire-prone areas, such as Jjokbangchon, or shanty towns, and traditional markets. These roads marked with paints on the surrounding roads are expected to help people call 119 (emergency call number in Korea) promptly and accurately to report fire and other accidents. In addition, emergency bell facilities will be installed in Jjokbangchon by the end of March so that any outbreak of fire can be identified swiftly.

    At Jjokbangchon, low-income people live in low-rise buildings with five stories or less. Several people divides one room and each one lives in a space sized between 3.3 and 6.6 square meters. They usually cook food on the portable burner, which makes the place highly vulnerable to fire. For instance, a fire broke out in a Jjokbangchon located in Donui-dong, Jongno-gu, central Seoul at 3:47 p.m. on January 5, 2018, killing one people and seven lost their livelihoods.

    The emergency bell is a safety facility that sends emergency warning in the event of fire so that residents can evacuate quickly in a densely populated residential area. Currently, “residential firefighting facilities” have been installed in those shanty towns according to the Fire-Fighting System Installation Act, however they often fall short of informing neighboring residents in the same building.

    In order to prevent such casualties, an alarming facility is required to inform all residents of the entire building of the fire. Emergency bell equipment is installed in a set of one transmitter and an alarm bell at alleys in the town in every 40 meters of walking distance. A city official said, “As of February 22, we have completed the installation of emergency bells in one rental house on Huamro 60-gil in Jung-gu, one of the Jjokbangchon in the city.”

    The disaster location identification roads are marked the area like “A Street” or “B Street” and colored in red, yellow, green, orange, and purple according to the region. An official at the Seoul Metropolitan Fire & Disaster Headquarters said, “The disaster location identification roads are registered on the fire safety map so that we can transmit the location information to the firefighting crew in real time to reduce the response time and advance the golen hour.” Disaster location identification roads will be selected and installed in one traditional market and one Jjokbangchon by each fire station within the first half of the year.

    Seoul to install “disaster location identification roads” at shanty towns for prompt report and immediate dispatch of the emergency crew
    ※ Emergency Bell to be installed at Jjokbangchon, or shanty towns
    ※ Emergency Bell installed inside a building at a twon in Jung-gu, central Seoul for the pilot operation

    Emergency Bell installed inside a building at a twon / 38 people live in 38 rooms out of 40

    Education on how to use the Emergency Bell

    Residents’s testing on how to use Emergency Bell
    ※ Emergency Bell installed inside a building at a twon in Jung-gu, central Seoul for the pilot operation