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HONOLULU FIRE DEPARTMENT (HFD)

January 2021 – December 2023
  1. CPR CLASSES
    Conducted 75 bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) classes that included 2,575 civilians from private businesses, community groups, and other government agencies. Bystander CPR performed correctly and immediately is key to a person surviving a cardiac emergency.
  2. CANCER SCREENING
    Executed department-wide cancer screening for firefighters as part of the HFD’s Health and Wellness Strategic Initiative. A total of 886 uniformed personnel (82% of the department) took advantage of this cancer screening, which was funded by an Assistance to Firefighters Grant.
  3. ISLANDWIDE PEER SUPPORT GROUP
    The HFD created the first Islandwide Peer Support Group, which includes federal, state and county fire departments in the state of Hawaiʻi. This group meets monthly to collaborate, share experiences and help employees and family members cope with professional and/or personal hardships. The HFD’s Peer Support Team welcomed 24 new members for a total of 44 members. There were 126 activations in fiscal year 2023.
  4. HFD DEPLOYED RESOURCES TO LAHAINA, MAUI
    The HFD deployed resources to Lahaina, Maui within 24 hours to help with the Lahaina wildfires. A firefighting force was deployed to help augment the County of Maui’s Department of Fire and Public Safety’s staffing. A rescue team was deployed to assist with a wide area dive operations search in the Lahaina Harbor and a 4.5-mile stretch offshore of Front Street. The HFD’s Incident Management Team was also deployed to assist with incident management throughout the incident. This effort displayed the willingness of HFD personnel to help, the results of the HFD’s high-performing teams and their ability to collaborate with other agencies to mobilize and deploy personnel and equipment within 24 hours.
  5. PARTNERED WITH HAWAI‘I HEALTH AND HARM REDUCTION CENTER (HHHRC)
    The HFD partnered with the Hawai‘i Health and Harm Reduction Center (HHHRC) to acquire a sufficient supply of Naloxone and train HFD personnel on administering the opiate for overdose emergencies. Distribution was made to OPS companies that implemented its use under written protocols. There have been over 40 documented administrations of Naloxone in less than six months with data showing a steadily increasing demand.
  6. HOMELAND SECURITY GRANTS
    Homeland Security Grant applications were submitted, with $250,000 in equipment and training grants processed. Overall, HFD is receiving approximately $10.2 million in grants. The grants will be used to purchase new equipment and maintain pace with emerging technologies. Purchases include gas leak detectors, underwater sonar sensors, a hazardous materials weather station and fire communication equipment, all of which enhance the safety of the first responders and the communities we serve.
  7. NEW TWIN-ENGINE RESCUE AND FIRE-FIGHTING HELICOPTER
    To meet demand, HFD is procuring HFD’s first light-duty, twin-engine rescue and firefighting helicopter. This new helicopter will provide O‘ahu communities with greater lift capacity and extra cabin space that will expand HFD’s capabilities and rescue response operations.
  8. HFD TRAINING AND RESEARCH BUREAU IMPROVES TRAINING FOR RECRUITS
    The HFD Training and Research Bureau (TRB) collaborated with the Administrative Services Bureau (ASB) to meet projected staffing vacancies based on historical data by creating an efficient and effective training schedule for the HFD Recruit Training Program. This schedule allows the TRB to provide quality training for 50 to 100 Fire Fighter Recruits per year to ensure adequate staffing of frontline responders.
  9. HFD FIRE PREVENTION BUREAU MITIGATES FIRE RISK ON O‘AHU
    The HFD Fire Prevention Bureau (FPB) is taking the lead in identifying and mapping brush areas in the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI). Hazard ratings for these brush areas were formulated through the analysis of several factors: Response time, proximity to structures, access and evacuation routes, type of fuel load, water supply and previous fires at the same location to name just a few. With these areas identified and categorized, the FPB is working with other government agencies, elected officials and community leaders to mitigate fire risks on O‘ahu.
  10. HFD FIRE COMMUNICATION CENTER IMPROVES COMMUNICATIONS TO LOST HIKERS AND BOATERS
    The HFD Fire Communication Center assisted the Fire Operations (OPS) division rescue personnel with the deployment of CalTopo. CalTopo is a software platform designed to send text messages to lost hikers or boaters in distress to receive their global positioning location. The victim’s location can be placed on the CalTopo’s map where HFD resources, including ground personnel and air assets, can also be seen. This innovation will greatly improve the HFD’s ability to locate individuals in distress while providing accountability of first responders.