A community’s internal security threats are less complex than external community threats. Nonetheless, everyone has a basic need to be safe. The War Relocation Authority created fire departments to ensure standard protections like safety for the Japanese American prisoners. Japanese Americans had opportunities to work in the camps, and some chose to be firefighters.

Watch this video of the fire crew.

  • How did the crew practice fighting fires?
  • What animal appears here?
  • How is this video footage from the World War II period different from videos now?