Hawaii News

Friday, March 24, 2017

Honolulu: Firefighters’ meal allowance among points of discussion as contract negotiations continue

Contract negotiations are underway for Honolulu’s first responders including police and firefighters. For the Honolulu Fire Department, KHON2 learned there were issues with the union about firefighters meals. KHON2 looked at HFD’s budget, and found food costs average $1 million a year. HFD and the union says having their meals paid for is necessary. During a 24-hour shift, firefighters have to be ready to go at a moments notice. This might mean eating breakfast lunch and dinner can be an after thought. Fire fighters are given money for one meal a day. Robert Lee, head of the Hawaii Fire Fighters Association, says that may be the only meal they get, “So having the meal money available and being able to at least make one meal whenever we have the time is real important factor.”

Crews battle brush fire in Kona

Hawaii Island firefighters battled a brush fire in Kailua-Kona Thursday. The fire prompted officials to shut down a portion of Henry Street, between Queen Kaahumanu and Kuakini highways. Drivers were urged to use alternate routes to avoid the heavy smoke and fire department personnel. The road was reopened shortly after 5 p.m.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

City of Honolulu salaries reveal some employees make more than department heads

When it comes to work, you might think the higher your position, the higher your pay. Not at the Honolulu Fire Department. Currently, assistant chiefs make more money than deputy chiefs, even though they’re lower in rank, and the department wants to change that. It’s asking the city’s salary commission to bump up the pay for deputies and the fire chief to establish a 5-percent pay gap between the positions, so deputies would get paid about $10,000 more and the fire chief would get paid $11,000 more.

Enterprise presents KLA with award at Kauai Fire Department promotions ceremony

Monday was a special day for Samira Siale of Enterprise Holdings Foundation as she juggled an oversized check and a load of lei at the Moikeha Building, Lihue Civic Center. Samira was joined by Shannon Maxwell, Enterprise Kauai manager, in presenting the Kauai Lifeguard Association, represented by Kauai Bureau Chief Kalani Vierra of the Ocean Safety Bureau, with a check for $2,000 from the Enterprise Holdings Foundation. Vierra was joined by Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho, Jr., Kauai Fire Chief Robert Westerman, Gerald Hurd, and Tyrus Siale, the newly promoted water safety officers from the Ocean Safety Bureau.
Garden Island Newspaper (Kauaiworld.com)

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