Hawaii News

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Extrication dilemma: Door hinge or latch attack?

One of the essentials to gaining access at a motor vehicle collision is door removals. Seconds really can matter. But do we consider our approaches with that degree of scrutiny? Too often we do not. We become comfortable with a specific approach and get stuck. We don’t evolve with new automotive construction and we get stuck with archaic techniques and tools. We can sometimes overlook how many ways there are to perform extrication sequences. We can also be presumptuous and too comfortable with our techniques of choice and not question if they are the most efficient ways to moving metal.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Two brushfires erupt in remote areas of Kau

Fire/rescue crews responded to a 1:55 p.m. alarm Tuesday (April 25) for two brushfires along Kaalaiki Road in Ka‘u. Crews arrived to find brushfire directly off Kaalaiki Road. Crews put out the fire and while concluding operations discovered another fire about one mile down Kaalaiki Road in a remote gulch above a Macadamia Nut orchard. Both fires burned about 1/4 acre of land each. Firefighters had the blazes out by 5:45 p.m. Both fires happened in remote areas with no signs of natural ignition within a very short time of each other according to a fire dispatch report. There were no injuries in the blazes and the cause of the fires is unknown.

Hawaii island police arrest Puna teenager after stolen county truck burned

A 19-year-old Puna man was in police custody today in connection with a crime spree surrounding a stolen county truck, Hawaii island police said. Saturday morning, someone stole a 2016 Ford F350 utility tool box truck with a lift gate from the county’s mass transit base yard on East Lanikaula Street in Hilo, police said. Over the weekend, the vehicle was seen being driven recklessly throughout Hilo and was involved in two police pursuits and two hit-and-run collisions with members of the public, police said. Monday afternoon, someone in the stolen truck fired a gun out of the vehicle near bystanders in Hawaiian Paradise Park, but no one was hurt and no property was damaged, police said. Responding patrol officers opened a reckless endangering investigation.
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