Kangwon Fire 100 Years History

Kangwon Fire Station celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2019 since it began in 1919 at the Ministry of Economic Affairs in Gangwon-do. Since the independence, Gangwon Fire Station, which has 26 people, has now evolved into an organization with 16 fire departments, 71 119 safety centers, 50 119 regional colleges, and 3,228 skilled workers.
If the Hwacheon and Yanggu Fire Departments, which are currently under construction, will be opened in the first half of 2019, the fire departments will be installed in all 18 cities and counties in the province, enabling higher quality fire services. In addition, by the end of 2022, the number of firefighting personnel will be able to carry out disaster safety services for Kangwon residents. We believe that the driving force of such development so far is the result of all Kangwon firemen working together in a unified working environment, doing their utmost in their respective places, and devoted themselves to protecting people’s lives and property. Today’s fire-fighting environment is facing a time when we need to proactively cope with the rapidly changing socio-economic conditions such as the expansion and complexity of disasters, the aging society, and the development of science and technology. Safety has become a necessity, not an option, in people’s daily lives, and the national demand for safety is higher than ever. In order for the people to be a safe country, the development of the firefighting administration, which is fulfilling its role and responsibility at various disaster sites, must be preceded.
As history does not come overnight, the development of firefighting administration that we are part of will be possible when the wisdom and efforts of many seniors who have gone before are harmonized, and based on their valuable experience and abundant knowledge, we can make new ideas. Kangwon Fire’s efforts to innovate in the face of complicated disasters and provide fire services that meet the trust of the people will never stop. Lastly, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all the firefighting families who have been interested in compiling the “100 Years of Gangwon Fire Fighting” and have contributed greatly to the collection and editing of materials.
March 2019
Chung-Sik Kim, General Manager, Gangwon-do

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