ECCT Better Living Committee Event: Tour of the Central Emergency Operation Center / 中央災害應變中心參訪講座
ECCT Better Living Committee Event
Tour of the Central Emergency Operation Center
Chen Wen-Long, Director-General, National Fire Agency, Ministry of Interior / 內政部消防署署長陳文龍
Time: 15:30 – 17:00
Date: Friday, 11 January 2019
Address: No. 200, Sec.3, Beixin Rd., Xindian District, New Taipei City / 新北市新店區北新路3段200號 (MRT Dapinglin Station / 大坪林捷運站)
Venue: 3F, Central Emergency Operation Center / 中央災害應變中心3樓
Climate change is causing an unprecedented degree of destruction globally. This year alone has seen the worst wildfires in recorded history in California, as well as Europe and Australia. Meanwhile the Americas have experienced devastating hurricanes and Asia, particularly the Philippines and Japan, has been hit by catastrophic typhoons. While Taiwan has been spared the worst of this year’s typhoons, the average number and strength of typhoons hitting Taiwan has been increasing over the past decade. The memory is still fresh of the devastating Typhoon Morakot in 2009, where a landslide swept away an entire village, leaving over 600 dead and 1,500 injured and the 2011 tsunami in Japan which killed 15,000, destroyed towns and caused the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster (日本福島核災), which Japan has not yet recovered from.
Besides typhoons, over the past 10 years six major earthquakes have occurred in Taiwan. The worst one killed 122 people as a result of collapsing buildings. In addition, every year, Taiwan experiences around 2,000 fires and other manmade disasters, which result in damage to infrastructure.
In order to deal effectively with natural disasters and other events which require an emergency response, Taiwan set up a permanent Central Emergency Operation Center (CEOC) in the Xindian District of New Taipei City. The CEOC falls under the authority of the Ministry of Interior’s National Fire Agency (NFA), which is the agency responsible for disaster prevention and response in Taiwan. The agency is also responsible inspecting and approving the safety of buildings in Taiwan.
At this event, members and guests will be given a tour of the CEOC and a presentation which will explain in detail the standard operating procedures for handling specific scenarios such as typhoons, earthquakes, floods, fires and other common calamities in Taiwan, such as emergency rescue in remote areas. Among other topics, the speaker will describe which agencies and resources are mobilized for specific scenarios and how activities are coordinated by the CEOC to ensure effective responses to various emergencies.
Given the NFA’s role in emergency response, rescue and building safety, this event will be of interest to members in the retail, procurement, telecom, energy & environment and insurance sectors as well as those dealing with HR matters.
About the speaker
Chen Wen-lung is the Director-General of the National Fire Agency under the Ministry of Interior and responsible for running the CEOC. Previously he worked for the Taipei Municipal Police Department as head of the fire department, technician, squadron leader and team leader. Prior to his current post in the National Fire Agency, he worked as the chief of department and chief secretary, among other positions. He holds a bachelor’s degree in fire science from the Central Police University in Taiwan. He has also studied fire safety equipment at the Hokkaido Disaster Prevention Guidance Center, Japan and conducted research at the Institute of Fire Science of the Tokyo University of Science in Japan.
**snacks and drinks will be provided
NT$300 for members and members' guest(s)
*To cancel without penalty, written cancellations must be received 24 hours prior to the event.
Contact: Emily Kuo / Tel: 2740-0236 ext. 219 / email@example.com / www.ecct.com.tw